The "downtown," or Town Center of Mountlake Terrace, lies roughly between 228th Street SW on the north, 244th Street SW on the south, 55th Avenue W on the east and 58th Avenue W on the west. Along with Design Standards, the Town Center Code guides development in the City's commercial Town Center. The Town Center code (aka "BC/D zoning code" or Downtown code") is primarily a form-based code.
Town Center is zoned for downtown business use. The code focuses on building and site dimensions, parking spaces and land uses. The Town Center Design Standards focus on architectural and pedestrian features. These criteria ensure attractive, good quality development suitable for a downtown area.