Now that Port has pulled its plan, Edmonds City Council to discuss what’s next for Harbor Square

Given the Port of Edmonds’ decision to withdraw its proposal for incorporating the Harbor Square Master Plan into the City’s Comprehensive Plan, the Edmonds City Council is scheduled to address next steps during its Tuesday night meeting.

According to the Tuesday council agenda, a decision to continue with Harbor Square planning would basically require starting over with a new plan proposal “that would need to go through the entire planning process” — including Planning Board and City Council reviews and hearings.

Also on the agenda:

– A discussion on whether the council should adopt Roberts Rules of Order for council proceedings. Meetings currently follow procedures outlined in Resolution 292, which was approved by the council in 1974.

– A public hearing on whether to amend the city’s Capital Improvement Program, Capital Facilities Plan and Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program to add a State Route-99 Gateway/Revitalization project. The agenda cites recent improvements on Highway 99 in Shoreline and a desire to extend “similar safety, capacity, and aesthetic improvements to that portion of SR 99 within the City limits of Edmonds,” including new or wider sidewalks, new street lighting, center medians for safety, attractive and safe crosswalks, better stormwater management, targeted utility replacements, potential undergrounding of overhead utilities, “as well as landscaping and other softscape treatments to warm-up this corridor and create a sense of place.”

– Consideration of a recommendation by Mayor Dave Earling to approve a formal request from King County and the City of Seattle to contribute $5,000 toward an assessment of health impacts of the proposed Pacific Gateway Coal Terminal proposal, which would result in a significant increase in coal trains running along the Edmonds waterfront.

You can view the complete agenda here. Tuesday night’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N. You can also view it live on television through Comcast channel 21 and Frontier channel 39 or watch it live online via the city’s website. The meeting will be rebroadcast at noon and 7 p.m. daily on channels 21 and 39.



  1. What terminated the Edmonds Harbor Square Master Plan Amendment Application process? Was it the Port’s April 3, 2013 Application Withdrawal Letter or the City Council’s formal vote to stop consideration of the Port’s proposed Master Plan on March 19, 2013?


    This vote passed 4-3 on March 19, 2013, with Councilmembers Peterson, Buckshnis, Yamamoto and Johnson voting yes.

    Did the Council’s 4-3 vote on March 19, 2013 constitute DENIAL of the Port’s Application or not?

    Did the City Council have the ability to develop a new SUBAREA PLAN without first DENYING the Port’s Comprehensive Plan Amendment Application?

    I find this entire process very confusing, especially since January 29th. The April 16, 2013 City Council Meeting Agenda includes the following narrative:

    Given that the Port has withdrawn their application for a master plan, the Council needs to discuss how it wants to proceed. If the Council desires to continue with planning for Harbor Square, this would require docketing a new plan proposal that would need to go through the entire planning process.

    Did the Port’s Application Withdrawal Letter change things or did the City Council take a step on March 19th that required “docketing a new plan proposal that would need to go through the entire planning process”?

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