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City hearing examiner gets earful as nearly 30 testify about Woodway field project

City hearing examiner gets earful as nearly 30 testify about Woodway field project

After listening to the testimony of nearly 30 people during a two-and-a-half hour public hearing Thursday afternoon, City of Edmonds Hearing Examiner Phil Olbrechts admitted to the crowd filling the city council chambers that the proposal before him — to issue variances for a sports fields complex planned at the former Woodway High School — “is a tough one.” Olbrechts ackno... »

Setbacks, form-based code questioned as council once again takes up Westgate

After a nearly five-month break, the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night revisited the idea of proposed zoning changes in the Westgate commercial area that could ultimately change the look of the area by allowing mixed-use development and two- to four-story buildings. The council, which has been talking about changes in the Westgate commercial area since 2010, last November voted to table potential... »

City presents interim artwork proposals for 4th Avenue Cultural Corridor

City presents interim artwork proposals for 4th Avenue Cultural Corridor

Three artists presented their concepts for interim art installations for the 4th Avenue Cultural Corridor to a five-member advisory panel during a public meeting held at the Edmonds Conference Center Monday night, March 23. The presentations are linked to the Community Cultural Plan’s goals of implementing short-term art projects to highlight the cultural corridor, which leads patrons along ... »

Edmonds Planning Board agenda for March 25

The Edmonds Planning Board will meet this Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m., with the following agenda: 1. Call to Order and Roll Call 2. Reading / Approval of Minutes: March 11, 2015 3. Announcement of Agenda 4. Audience Comments: (3 Minute Limit Per Person)* *Regarding matters not listed on the Agenda as Closed Record Review or as Public Hearings 5. Development Services Director Report to Planning ... »

Commentary: A pragmatic approach to daylighting Willow Creek and restoring our marsh

Commentary: A pragmatic approach to daylighting Willow Creek and restoring our marsh

Since a recent informative piece was presented on My Edmonds News by Larry Vogel, I thought it might be important to provide some insight from a City Council perspective regarding the Shoreline Master Program’s (SMP) “interim 100-foot setback/buffer for Urban Mixed Use IV”. If you are not familiar with this very important document, I suggest you look at some of the links on Mr. Vogel’s... »

David Teitzel announces candidacy for Edmonds City Council Position 5 seat

David Teitzel announces candidacy for Edmonds City Council Position 5 seat

Updated at 5:30 p.m. Monday with more details In the first of what is expected to be many campaign announcements in the coming months, Edmonds City Council candidate David L. Teitzel announced he will be campaigning for the Council Position 5 seat currently held by Councilmember Joan Bloom. Position 5 is one of five Edmonds City Council seats that will appear on the November 2015 general election ... »

Westgate zoning changes back before city council during Tuesday’s study session

Proposed zoning changes aimed at providing more mixed-use development for the Westgate commercial area will be back in front of the Edmonds City Council, starting with discussion Tuesday’s (March 24) study session. Since 2010, the City Council has had 15 public meetings– including twp public hearings — on planning and zoning for the Westgate area. The last time the council discus... »

Edmonds’ 3rd annual Health and Fitness Expo set for May 16

Edmonds’ 3rd annual Health and Fitness Expo set for May 16

Community partners and local businesses are coming together to promote health and fitness at the 3rd Annual Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday, May 16, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Edmonds School District Stadium, 7600 212th St. S.W. This free expo is open to the public and will include over 45 interactive health and wellness booths, healthy recipes, healthy snack samples and plenty of opportunitie... »

In comments to state, Port of Edmonds takes stand against increasing Harbor Square buffers

In comments to state, Port of Edmonds takes stand against increasing Harbor Square buffers

As the deadline nears for comments on an update to the Edmonds Shoreline Management Program, the Port of Edmonds reiterated Friday that it is strongly opposed to a City of Edmonds proposal to increase the size of setbacks and buffers around the Edmonds Marsh, located adjacent to the port-owned and -managed Harbor Square business complex. “From the port’s perspective, expanded buffers/setbacks will... »

From the Edmonds Mayor: Snohomish County Cities

From the Edmonds Mayor: Snohomish County Cities

Many of the columns I have written in the past few years have focused on the functioning within our city. Of course council and I see the health and wellbeing of Edmonds as our chief responsibility. Whether it’s the budget, local land use, economic development, public safety or infrastructure improvements, Edmonds comes first. I have also mentioned the importance of Edmonds involvement on county, ... »

City Council passes emergency ordinance regarding filing of dueling land-use applications

City Council passes emergency ordinance regarding filing of dueling land-use applications

Following an executive session held at the end of Tuesday night’s Edmonds City Council meeting, the council approved an emergency ordinance that prevents property developers from submitting more than one development application for the same property. The ordinance would affect any future applications filed by Point Edwards Building Number 10, which was the source of a December 2013 lawsuit a... »

Deadline extended for students applying to Japanese exchange program

Do you want to… explore new places? learn a new culture? try new foods? meet new people? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the City of Edmonds has an opportunity for you! Every summer, 15 junior high and high school students from Edmonds exchange a two-week stay with junior high and high school students in Hekinan, Japan. Staying with a host family is an engaging and afford... »

Financial picture brightens for Edmonds Center for Arts, City Council told

Financial picture brightens for Edmonds Center for Arts, City Council told

Edmonds Center for the Arts Executive Director Joe McIalwain provided an upbeat annual report to the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night about the state of Edmonds’ nearly nine-year-old performing arts center and its impact — both financially and culturally — on the community it serves. The ECA has seen 101 percent growth in operating revenue compared to a 59 percent increase in e... »

Plans for Edmonds Senior and Community Center building on Wednesday Economic Development Commission meeting agenda

The Edmonds Citizens Economic Development Commission will meet from 6-8 p.m. this Wednesday, March 18 in the Brackett Room, third floor of City Hall, 121 5th Ave.N. Farrell Fleming, executive director of the Edmonds Senior Center, will make a presentation regarding plans for a new Edmonds Senior and Community Center building on the current senior center site, located at 220 Railroad Ave. The meeti... »

Edmonds City Council agenda: Reports on ECA, Planning Board; public hearing on culture/urban design comp plan element

It’s a relatively light agenda for the Edmonds City Council this Tuesday night, with the following items scheduled to be addressed: – Delivery of the oath of office to newly-promoted Edmonds Police Sgt. Shane Hawley – Annual updates from the Public Facilities District/Edmonds Center for the Arts and the Planning Board. – A public hearing on draft Culture and Urban Design El... »

City of Edmonds email, website down

The City of Edmonds reported that its website and email systems were down on Thursday, affecting communications both internally and externally. There is no time estimate on when the system will be restored. Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling said that he was able to send some emails on Thursday afternoon but the access appeared to be very sporadic. The problem is related to a service issue in Seattle and ... »

Open house drills down to details of planned city code rewrite

Open house drills down to details of planned city code rewrite

City of Edmonds Development Director Shane Hope and John Owen of MAKERS Architecture and Urban Design described the nuts and bolts of the city’s just-launched code rewrite process — and why citizens should care — during an open house that drew about 20 people to the Edmonds City Council Chambers Wednesday night. Development codes “are kind of like the city’s DNA,” sai... »

Reminder: Edmonds City Council retreat set for Friday, Saturday in Lynnwood

The Edmonds City Council will hold a council retreat on Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, in Lynnwood. Meeting schedules and agendas are as follows: Friday Verdant Community Wellness Center, 4710 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood 8:30-9: Coffee 9-9:30: Introductions, Verdant Health Commission Presentation 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Rhonda Hilyer Workshop, working through lunch 1:45-4 p.m.: Jim Reid Workshop Satu... »

Edmonds City Council hears initial results from Highway 104 traffic study, Strategic Plan progress

Edmonds City Council hears initial results from Highway 104 traffic study, Strategic Plan progress

Two detailed reports — one regarding a Highway 104 traffic study and the other focused on the City of Edmonds’ 88-item Strategic Action Plan — received considerable time and attention from the Edmonds City Council during its Tuesday study session — but councilmembers agreed they wanted time to digest the information, ask more questions and revisit the findings of both durin... »

City of Edmonds: Greenhouse gas production reduced by 26 percent

City of Edmonds: Greenhouse gas production reduced by 26 percent

The accompanying graph documents the calculated total amount of greenhouse gas production from the 17 major structures owned by the City of Edmonds, from one year before its peak in 2008 to the end of 2014. Information presented here is adapted directly from Portfolio Manager, a free tool offered by the Environmental Protection Agency for the public to track and manage energy consumption. On the y... »

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