At Monday’s Arlington City Council meeting, a public hearing was scheduled on two issues: a mixed-use development agreement for the empty lot east of Smokey Point Boulevard at 169th Street NE and a subarea plan for the Arlington Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center (AMMIC).

A mixed-use multi-family residential apartment community is proposed by Affinity at Arlington and this development agreement sets the stage for the use of the project’s traffic mitigation fees for the construction of 169th Street NE. The city has agreed to allow the developer to construct the road improvements rather than pay traffic impact fees. Recognizing that the construction of 169thStreet NE and associated improvements would be burdensome upon the development, the city has agreed to allow credit of mitigation fees, in lieu of payment, to be applied to the construction of 40thAvenue NE, on the east end of the development. The applicant will dedicate right-of-way along 169thStreet and Smokey Point Boulevard for future frontage improvements. The development agreement clarifies some additional requirements related to the project, including separate agreements for each of four lots.

Approving the AMMIC Sub Area Plan is the next step, after several years of talk and planning with the city of Marysville, with the Puget Sound Regional Council and the state of Washington, to create the Arlington‐Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center. In October 2017, Arlington and Marysville received a grant from the state’s Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) to create a subarea plan for the AMMIC. In January 2018, BERK Consulting Inc. was selected to produce the plan, including an “Existing Conditions Report” to provide for guidance of both current and future growth of the AMMIC.

“The final draft of the report is a benchmark to build upon and should be considered as a ‘living document,’” according to documents presented to City Council last week. The plan can be amended as the Puget Sound region changes and adapts to the ever‐changing economic environment, according to documents.

After holding public meetings this fall, the cities of Arlington and Marysville are ready to make a joint application to the PSRC in January 2019, for a regional designation of the area as a “Manufacturing Industrial Center.”

At last week’s council workshop meeting, residents of a mobile home park within the MIC area, east of the Arlington Airport, showed up to express concerns. The director of community development, Marc Hayes, told the residents that creating the subarea plan does not mean that the area will immediately be developed.

“There is lots of undeveloped land that could be used first,” Hayes said.

Although that does not mean the owner of the mobile home park wouldn’t sell, if the opportunity arises. A friend to the residents, Neil Knutson shared their concerns.

“These people wouldn’t be able to find a similarly affordable place to live,” Knutson told council at the workshop meeting. “I encourage the city to create a zone for affordable mobile homes.”

Their’s is one of a few similar residential areas inside the MIC sub area.

New business

Other topics of discussion at the workshop meeting that were scheduled for a vote this Monday include the use of funds from selling a fire department ladder to purchase a used vehicle for staff, and the appointment of Gayle Roeber as an airport commissioner. A 30-year resident of Arlington, Roeber ran a business with her husband manufacturing airplane parts for Department of Defiance contracts, in Arlington’s Airport Industrial Park.

Council was also scheduled to approve this week a fee resolution update and amendments to the city’s business license language, as required by the state. The revised fee schedule includes charging 3 percent for the use of payment by credit card, largely for developers, said Kristin Banfield, city clerk.

Council also learned last week about a fee increase proposed by Waste Management for the cost of recycling. Everyone around the table was relieved that it was a small increase of 68 cents for single family residents.

Council was also scheduled to approve this week a professional services agreement with Tom Cooper, former deputy fire chief, who will be needed, albeit infrequently, for the rest of the year 2019, to help Dave Kraski, acting fire chief, while a fire marshal is hired to be shared with North County Fire Authority. Cooper will provide training and help on some special projects through 2019, Kraski said.

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