Planning Board to meet tonight and to hold public hearing June 8

The Edmonds Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N. One item of interest up for review is the city’s code governing outdoor dining.

Looking ahead, the Planning Board announced that it will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. June 8, also in the Council Chambers, on proposed changes to the City’s Downtown Business (BD) zones. The changes being considered would address the following:

1) Permitted uses in the BD1 (Downtown Retail Core) zone. Options being considered include limiting permitted uses in the designated street front to retail-only, or to retail and service uses (excluding office uses, such as medical offices). Other uses could be located in the building, just not within the designated street front, which is defined as the first 45 feet of the building.

2) Designated street front/commercial depth requirement. Currently, the designated street front is mapped only for the BD1 zone. The mapping would be extended to other BD zones, and the commercial depth requirement would be defined consistently as the first 45 feet for all BD zones (it is currently set as 30 feet in the BD1 zone, and 60 feet in the other BD zones).

3) Building step-backs. Currently, step-backs are not required above 25 feet in the BD1 zone, but are required in other BD zones. Options being considered include removing the step-back requirement, or reducing it to 5 feet instead of the current 15 feet.

4) Development agreements. Development agreements are proposed which 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.

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