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3.1.4 Vehicle Access Easements Across Private Property
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When vehicle access to a building lot is provided by easement across private property, the easement widths specified in the Land Use Code (SMC 23.53.025) and shown below shall be provided. If the easement is over 600 feet long, a fire hydrant may be required.

Type of Development

Vehicle access easements serving one or two dwelling units shall be surfaced with crushed rock at least 6 inches in depth.

Vehicle access easements serving more than two dwelling units shall be surfaced with 3 inches of asphalt over 6 inches of crushed roc

1-2 Dwelling Units  
Minimum Easement Width 10 -12 feet
Pavement Width 10 feet crushed rock
Pedestrian Walkway Width see Pedestrian access easement below
Turnaround Yes, if easement is over 50 feet long
Clearances to SF Structures None specified
3-4 Dwelling Units  
Minimum Easement Width 20 feet
Pavement Width 16 feet
Pedestrian Walkway Width see Pedestrian access easement below
Turnaround Yes – unless easement extends from street to street.
Clearances to SF Structures None specified
5-9 Dwelling units or fewer than 10 parking spaces in non-residential zones
Minimum Easement Width 20 feet
Pavement Width 16 feet
Pedestrian Walkway Width Not required
Turnaround Yes – unless easement extends from street to street.
Clearances to SF Structures 5 feet
10+ Dwelling units or more than 10 parking spaces in non-residential zones
Minimum Easement Width 32 feet
Pavement Width 24 feet
Pedestrian Walkway Width 5 feet
Turnaround Yes – unless easement extends from street to street.
Clearances to SF Structures 10 feet

Non-Residential /Live-Work Uses with 9 or fewer parking spaces

Minimum Easement Width

20 feet

Pavement Width

16 feet

Pedestrian Walkway Width

Not required

Turnaround

Yes

Clearances to SF Structures

5 feet

Non-Residential /Live-Work Uses with 10 or more parking spaces

Minimum Easement Width

32 feet

Pavement Width

24 feet

Pedestrian Walkway Width

5 feet

Turnaround

Yes

Clearances to SF Structures

10 feet

Pedestrian Access Easements

Minimum Easement Width

5 feet

Pavement Width

3 to 5 feet

Pedestrian Walkway Width

1 to 2 dwellings – 3 feet wide; 3+ - 5 feet wide

Turnaround

No

Lighting – easements over 100’

Every 50 feet, not to be taller than 15 feet

Pedestrian access easement

Not to exceed 200 feet

 

 

Vehicle access easements serving one or two dwelling units shall be surfaced with crushed rock at least 6 inches in depth.

Vehicle access easements serving more than two dwelling units shall be surfaced with 3 inches of asphalt over 6 inches of crushed rock.

A 2-foot wide shoulder shall be provided on each side for clearance. Easements shall be graded to a crowned cross section with thickened edge or a "v" cross section to provide for collection of storm water. Control of storm water runoff from the easement shall meet the same drainage control requirements as the building lot. The top 12 inches of subgrade shall be prepared as specified in Seattle Standard Specification 2.06.

Approved turnarounds for easements serving residential development.

Pedestrian access easement is described when a lot proposed for residential use abuts an alley but does not abut a street and the provision of the zone requires access by vehicles from the alley or where alley access is the exercised option. Pedestrian access from the parking lot shall be provided with the above requirements.

If you have questions please contact the Seattle Department of Transportation.
 
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3.1 Overview of Requirements from the Land Use Code (Ch. 23.53 & 23.22)
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