Highway 99 on agenda as City Council meets Monday due to election day

Following a public hearing before the Edmonds Planning Board last week, the Edmonds City Council will hold a public hearing at its Monday, July 31 meeting on a planned action code process for the Edmonds Highway 99 project.

The city council meeting is a day earlier than usual because Tuesday, Aug. 1 is primary election day.

According to the council agenda, the Growth Management Act and the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) provide for a “planned action” process that jurisdictions can use to streamline the environmental review process for projects that have already been covered by an Environmental Impact Statement. “This is, in part, because the EIS will have analyzed impacts of development and identified mitigation measures to address the impacts,” the agenda noted.

Cities may adopt a “planned action ordinance” or code that specifies the type and amount of development that may be allowed to proceed without additional SEPA review. All other applicable laws and regulations would still apply.

The council is also scheduled, during a study session, to discuss the following two items:

– A review of proposed Highway 99 Subarea Plan and development regulations, including some changes made as a result of council feedback during the July 18 meeting. The council is scheduled to take final action on the plan Aug. 15.

– A process for acting on board and commission recommendations to the City Council.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N. You can see the complete agenda here.

9 Replies to “Highway 99 on agenda as City Council meets Monday due to election day”

  1. Why is City Council meeting the evening of the 2021 primary election rather than doing what has been done in the past?

    The article above states that the city council meeting is a day earlier than usual because Tuesday, Aug. 1 (2017) is primary election day.

    Tuesday Aug. 3 (2021) is a primary election date but this time City Council is meeting the night of the election. Did something changed or was this simply overlooked?

    City Council also met Monday Aug. 5 (2019) because Tuesday, Aug. 6 (2019) was a primary election day.

    Does Council need to change this or is it too late to do so?

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    1. I was surprised when I heard Council President Paine say this after the last council meeting. She said that date shift was only for general elections and although it didn’t sound right to me at the time, to be honest it slipped my mind to follow up. I am guessing it’s too late to change it now but thanks for pointing it out.

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  2. Good question! I got a bit more of a historical rundown. Past Council Presidents have shifted the Council meeting to the Monday prior to any council level primary election. But that has not been a consistent practice. The code regarding when we meet only mentions the general election. If we want to make this a permanent change, we should add primaries to the code language as well.

    It’s too late to change it now, but something to think about.

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    1. Please provide us with the code language that mentions general elections or provide a link to the actual Code Section. Thanks.

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      1. Still waiting for that reply Council President Paine. Please provide the citizens of Edmonds the code language you commented about at 9:10 am yesterday. I’d appreciate a link to the code section also. I received an email from Scott Passey that indicated such is not in the code. Please clarify. Thank you.

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        1. Apologies for the delay. I made an error in stating that the code mentions the general election states when we move to a Monday meeting – it does not. I had thought that I had seen it, but it is not there.

          The City Clerk, Scott Passey and I have looked at other parts of the code that talks about council meetings and there are a few other spots that need some tidying up. We will put some code changes together and get it before the full council in the near term.

          I appreciate your sharp eye.

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  3. Teresa,

    This meeting announcement is confusing. The days and dates are wrong and, after the consent agenda, this is what is listed on the city website as the agenda:

    7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
    1. Resolution adopting Council Rules of Procedure (45 min)
    8. NEW BUSINESS
    1. Landmark Tree Ordinance Extension (45 min)
    2. Council action regarding initial vacation accrual rate for a WWTP Plant Supervisor candidate (10
    min)
    3. 2021 Taste Edmonds Event Contract (10 min)
    4. Temporary Policy Extending Emergency Sick Leave (10 min)
    9. COUNCIL COMMENTS
    10. MAYOR’S COMMENTS

    Which one of these items is “ the Edmonds City Council will hold a public hearing at its Monday, July 31 meeting on a planned action code process for the Edmonds Highway 99 project.”?

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    1. Hi Joan — this was a story from 2017. I haven’t posted a story on this week’s council meeting yet (which will be on Tuesday even though it’s primary Election Day).

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