Highway 99 on agenda as City Council meets Monday due to election day

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Following a public hearing before the Edmonds Planning Board last week, the Edmonds City Council will hold a public hearing at its Monday, July 31 meeting on a planned action code process for the Edmonds Highway 99 project.

The city council meeting is a day earlier than usual because Tuesday, Aug. 1 is primary election day.

According to the council agenda, the Growth Management Act and the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) provide for a “planned action” process that jurisdictions can use to streamline the environmental review process for projects that have already been covered by an Environmental Impact Statement. “This is, in part, because the EIS will have analyzed impacts of development and identified mitigation measures to address the impacts,” the agenda noted.

Cities may adopt a “planned action ordinance” or code that specifies the type and amount of development that may be allowed to proceed without additional SEPA review. All other applicable laws and regulations would still apply.

The council is also scheduled, during a study session, to discuss the following two items:

– A review of proposed Highway 99 Subarea Plan and development regulations, including some changes made as a result of council feedback during the July 18 meeting. The council is scheduled to take final action on the plan Aug. 15.

– A process for acting on board and commission recommendations to the City Council.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N. You can see the complete agenda here.

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