Among the items on the agenda for Tuesday night’s Edmonds City Council meeting: Discussion of $725,000 in change orders that exceeded the original $1,634,000 contract for the Haines Wharf Park project and consideration of a new City policy to address processing of change orders on City capital projects.
In addition, the council will revisit an earlier July 26 discussion regarding amendments to Downtown Business (BD) zones, which had been referred to the Community Services/Development Services Committee for further review. (According to draft amendments accompanying the agenda, the idea behind BD zones is to provide a strong central retail core at downtown’s focal center while providing for a mixture of supporting commercial and residential uses in the area surrounding this retail core area.) Following discussion, the Community Services/Development Services Committee forwarded three of four issues to the full Council for further deliberation and potential action Tuesday night. They include limiting permitted uses in such zones to retail-only, or to retail and service uses; requiring a designated street front/commercial depth requirement, and removing or reducing the building step-backs.
The fourth issue, development agreements, will be considered by the Council as a separate issue on a future agenda.These agreements would enable a project to vary development standards (such as step backs, height, or other parameters) in exchange for achieving city goals, such as innovative green building design, desired uses supporting economic development priorities, or streetscape amenities. Development agreements would require a public approval process, with the ultimate decision made by the City Council.
Also on Tuesday night’s agenda, the council will again take a look at the proposed design for the small courtyard area located in front of Old Milltown at 5th and Dayton. Expect to see a revised plan that addresses the concerns expressed by Councilmember DJ Wilson at the July 19 council meeting that the area didn’t have enough amenities for families with young children.
You can see the complete City Council agenda here. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers, located in the Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N., Edmonds.