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City Council considers revisions to comp plan

 

September 13, 2017 | View PDF



Arlington City Council is back to work this week, with a workshop meeting Monday, Sept. 11.

Amendments include removing the King-Thompson area from the city’s urban growth plan, removing a Transfer of Development Rights overlay and adding a mixed-use development strategy, a concept that has been in development during the past year or more. Updates to the city’s Comprehensive Plan are recommended by Arlington Planning Commission to resolve some inconsistencies with Snohomish County Tomorrow (SCT)’s buildable lands analysis in the city’s 2015 Comp Plan update.

Puget Sound Regional Council requested changes to the plan and since then, staff worked with Snohomish County Planning and Development services to reconcile the discrepancies, with help from Shockey Planning Group. A public hearing on proposed changes was held by the Planning Commission on July 18.

Revisions are required to the transportation element of the city’s plan to be consistent with land use, including the non-motorized transportation plan and the multiyear transportation financing plan.

The Planning Commission voted to recommend the amendments by a vote of 3 in favor with one member recused and one member absent.

Only one person spoke at the public hearing, according to council documents.

Council was also scheduled to review a proposed modification of the 2017-2018 budget process for this fall. The city’s 2017-2018 budget was approved last year, but state law allows for a mid-biennial review and modifications, which must be adopted before the end of the year. The city’s property tax and EMS levies must be certified and submitted to Snohomish County no later than Nov. 30 and the Transportation Benefit District budget must be adopted before Dec. 31.

The City Council was also scheduled this Monday to discuss amendments to an agreement with the Snohomish County Drug & Gang Task Force and to consent to transfer of ownership of Wave Cable from Astound Broadband, LLC to Radiate HoldCo., LLC. The city intends to retain all elements of its current franchise with Wave in the transfer.

Jeff Ketchel, interim administrator of Snohomish Health District, was scheduled to present an update on the health district.

 

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