Council to finalize city attorney agreement, meet with planning board

On Tuesday night, the Edmonds City Council is scheduled to discuss and take potential action regarding the professional services agreement with its new City Attorney, the Lighthouse Law Group. The council voted 4-3 last week to end the city’s 54-year relationship with the Ogden Murphy Wallace law firm and its representative, attorney Scott Snyder, in favor of Lighthouse.

The council also will hear 2010 year end reports from the city’s Economic Development Commission and Planning Board, and is scheduled — as part of the council agenda — to hold a two-hour joint meeting with the Planning Board that includes a discussion of board priorities, including:

– Mandatory and ongoing commitments: “In general, the Planning Board’s goal is to integrate sustainability principles into work products, while keeping in mind the goals of simplifying and improving the consistency of codes and regulations in implementing comprehensive plan goals,” the agenda said.

– Design: The board  is “looking toward a design‐based approach to address key land use and zoning issues,” the agenda said. “The intent is to use the ideas and templates developed during the UW/Cascade Land Conservancy work at Five Corners and Westgate to develop design based solutions for (1) Highway 99 and the Medical/Hwy 99 Activity Center; (2) multifamily
project design and RM zones; and (3) downtown Edmonds.”

– “Green” incentives to achieve “desired sustainability goals while promoting attractive design, neighborhood character, and economic development.”

The council will also consider resolutions supporting state Legislation that is of interest to Edmonds: House Bill 1721, which would prevent the use of coal tar sealants, identified as a major pollutant in Edmonds’ Lake Ballinger; and Substitute House Bill 1489 and Senate Bill 5194, which would ban the sale of fertilizers containing phosphorus, which stimulates the growth of weeds and algae in area waters.

The entire council agenda is here. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, at 250 5th Ave. N.

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