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On December 7, 2021, the North Bend City Council unanimously approved amendments to the Hotel Performance Land Use Standards in North Bend Municipal Code (NBMC) 18.10.050 Section 2.16.
The amendments were proposed to enable development of a hotel within the City’s Interchange Commercial (IC) Zone, which sits adjacent to I-90 exits 31 and 34. Hotels are an identified needed amenity within the City.
The proposed amendments included increasing the allowable building height in the IC Zone, as the existing 35-foot height limit, in addition to many of the existing hotel performance standards, have precluded the development of a mid-range hotel in today’s market.
Because the IC Zone does not border residential zones or existing residences, Council felt it was the most appropriate commercial zoning area to accommodate a larger hotel. While the IC Zone is located at both freeway exits, as an additional cautionary measure, the approved amendments restrict one taller hotel to only exit 31.
The hotel performance amendments went through a detailed process before being approved by the City Council, including a formal public hearing before the Planning Commission. Planning commissioners also thoughtfully debated the proposed amendments over the course of two meetings before making a formal recommendation to the City Council. The Community and Economic Development City Council Committee then discussed the amendments at length and recommended additional changes to address community concerns.
The hotel performance land use standard amendments approved by the City Council include:
Earlier this year, the City received a project proposal to locate a dual brand, 121-room Wyndham Hotel inside the North Bend Outlet Mall. It was during the pre-application process for the project that staff determined many of the City’s hotel performance standards were not in line with today’s market, especially given the building size and height requirements to construct a new mid-range hotel.