City Council to hold public hearings on wireless towers, Westgate street setbacks Tuesday

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Citizens can have their say Tuesday night on two issues directly affecting Edmonds neighborhoods when the Edmonds City Council holds public hearings on the following:

Changes to the city code governing the installation of cell phone towers and other wireless communications facilities. The issue was prompted by complaints from Westgate neighborhood residents last summer regarding a plan from Clearwire to install a utility pole and antennas. The Planning Board conducted a thorough review and the board and city staff determined that federal regulations require accommodation of wireless communication facilities if they are necessary to improve the wireless signal. However, the city can regulate both the placement of wireless antennae and their appearance based on city design standards and those options were discussed at the May 3 Council meeting.

Edmonds Community Development Code amendments to reduce the required street setbacks for the Westgate Community Commercial Center. The Planning Board recommended the setbacks be reduced from 20 feet to 8 feet along State Route 104 and from 20 feet to 5 feet along 100th Avenue West. According to the agenda, the goal of the setbacks is “to better align the neighborhood business zones with city policies and design guidelines, spurred by preliminary discussions with a prospective developer for a key Westgate intersection.” The amendment is recommended to sunset one year after adoption to accommodate any recommendations that come out of work of the Five Corners/Westgate neighborhood centers planning project.

Also on the agenda:

– Annual Report from the Edmonds Library Board and a report on Yost Pool.
– Report on final construction costs for Five Corners Booster Pump Station improvements, which included replacing valves and piping within the station, upgrading the existing telemetry controls, seismic upgrades and additional security at the reservoir.

You can see the entire agenda here. The council will meet at 6 p.m. in executive session to discuss labor negotiations, followed by the regular council meeting at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N.

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