Discussion again delayed on next steps for Harbor Square planning

The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night voted to delay discussion about next steps to take regarding the fate of the Harbor Square Master Plan and its incorporation into the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

The reason for the delay focused on two main reasons: First, there were technical difficulties with the new video recording system during the council meeting, and some councilmembers stated they felt it was important — due to the level of citizen interest in the issue — to ensure there was a videotaped version of the proceedings. Second, Councilmember Strom Peterson cited the need to for the City Attorney to respond to a letter submitted by a group of nine citizens that raise a number of concerns raised about the legal process that the council followed related to the Port of Edmonds’ proposed Harbor Square plan.

Councilmember Joan Bloom said she would go along with the delay, but added that she believed it was important to not wait too long to revisit the issue. Council President Lora Petso said she was hopeful the discussion would be back on the council agenda by May 21.

The council also:

Heard a presentation by Edmonds School District Superintendent Nick Brossoit, who thanked the city for its partnership and also took an opportunity to thank voters for last November’s passage of the district’s school levies.

Delayed a presentation on the Willow Creek Daylight Early Feasibility Study for Edmonds Marsh, again due to technical difficulties which would have prevented a visual presentation of the study.

Delayed passage of a draft resolution adopting Robert’s Rules of Order as the City Council’s new Rules of Procedure, so that councilmembers would have an opportunity to more closely study the rules in case they wanted to make any changes prior to adoption.

After a public hearing and a lengthy discussion, asked staff to draft an ordinance that would extend the time frame for validity of preliminary short plat approvals.

Heard a presentation by Jim Underhill, general manager of the North Sound Seawolves, about the team’s upcoming season, which kicks off with a home opener May 18 at Edmonds District Stadium. The Seawolves are a premier development league soccer team based in Edmonds, and will play seven home games from mid-May through mid-June.

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