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Horizontal Mixed Use moves toward city code


December 13, 2017 | View PDF

After much discussion in the past year, Arlington City Council will vote next Monday, Dec. 18, to make the necessary changes to the city code to adopt a Horizontal Mixed Use (HMU) style of development.

Languages changes include removing a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) overlay zone that was intended to divert development of agricultural land, and the Residential Low/Moderate Density designation.

The new “Mixed Use Development” regulations are a regulatory plan that uses “Form Based Code” as its organizing principle, according to Marc Hayes, economic and community development director.

“This regulatory plan is the final element in implementing the Mixed Use Development strategy,” he said in council documents.

This use of “physical form” and not “land use” provides for a predictable outcome as development occurs. This “form based” approach promotes the creation of attractive, sustainable neighborhoods designed for walkability and less automobile dependency.

The regulations will be applied to Mixed Use Overlay Districts, including Neighborhood Commercial, Highway Commercial, General Commercial and the Moderate and High Density Residential zones along Smokey Point Boulevard from 174th Place NE to about 194th Place NE.

“It provides for compliance with the GMA (Growth Management Act) and concurrence with the goals and policies outlined in the city’s Comprehensive Plan. This plan sets the stage for new neighborhoods where residential, retail, commercial, professional and light manufacturing uses can coexist.

Another step forward, staff is requesting authority to bid Arlington Valley Road, after years of planning. The Arlington Valley Road was included in the city’s 2005 Comprehensive Plan.

In 2015, Council identified Kent Prairie as one of three areas poised for future development. Staff moved forward on planning the road that will diverge from 67th Avenue at 188th Street, toward 204th Street through the city’s industrial area. Now designs are complete and permits have been obtained, according to Public Works Director Jim Kelly.

If approved at next week’s regular council meeting, Kelly will announce a call for bids in January.

The city of Arlington and Snohomish County are embarking on a pilot project, with a social worker working with law enforcement, and council is reviewing an interlocal agreement that outlines the purpose, activities, and commitment of resources from each agency. The IL A is for two years, expiring Dec. 31, 2019.

The purpose of the Law Enforcement Embedded Social Worker (LEESW) is to provide an alternative police response to those people with social service needs. Snohomish County is granting the city $2,146 to be used by first responders and social workers to procure goods and services such as shelter, food, clothing, medical care, transportation, or other basic needs in order to abate an emergency situation.


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