Council to vote on Riar rezone


This Monday, Arlington City Council was expected to vote on the controversial Riar family rezone, north of 172nd Street and east of 67th Avenue. A private request for an amendment to the city’s Comprehensive Plan, Land Use Map Official Zoning Map would have change the land-use designation and zoning classification of residential low and moderate density to residential high density on multiple lots.

Due to concerns from residents, a public hearing scheduled for April 18 was continued to June 20 to allow staff time to conduct additional review. At last Monday’s June 26 workshop meeting, council took input from residents, who were largely concerned about additional traffic on 172nd Street and water runoff issues.

The property is about a half mile from 67th Avenue, which is the east end of proposed renovations to 172nd Street scheduled by the state Department of Transportation in the new few years.

There are no immediate plans to widen the road east of 172nd to SR 9.

At a June 20 meeting, the city’s Planning Commission decided against recommending the proposed rezone.

The vote is one of two on the agenda, outside of the consent agenda, with a change order worth $20,430 in the renovation of an Emergency Medical Service vehicle. Fire Chief Bruce Stedman requested the addition cost to “increase firefighter safety and overall patient care.”

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In the consent agenda, council was expected to approve an ordinance for a rezone from medium to high density to accommodate Villas at Arlington, a development north of the Stillaguamish Senior Center.

Council is also expected to finalize the denial of the Stewart Rezone, for higher density on Highland Drive, near Stillaguamish Avenue.

Council is also amending an ordinance on the payment of traffic violations to remedy a “glitch” resulting from repealing the city’s traffic violations bureau on April 3. By repealing the bureau, the city’s violations were being paid to Marysville Municipal Court, costing $47 out of the fine of $50. This amendment would allow the city’s finance department to collect the fees.

Council was also scheduled to repeal the city’s use of the International Plumbing Code and return too the Universal Plumbing Code.

This Monday, three new police officers were to be sworn in: Officers Donchez, Fekkes, and Hamel, along with Deputy Fire Chief Kraski, Fire Captain Normand and Firefighter/ Johnston.


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