City Council approves low impact development ordinance, southwest Edmonds subdivision

Meeting on a Monday evening to avoid a conflict with Election Day, the Edmonds City Council approved several items on its agenda, including an ordinance that promotes low impact development principles.

In addition, the council watched a presentation from local teenagers and their chaperones regarding the Edmonds Sister City Commission-sponsored trip they took to Hekinan, Japan last summer.

After listening to the teens and adults talk excitedly about their adventures, including friendly host families, a ride on thrilling roller coasters and delicious meals, Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling reminded the public that interested adults are invited to join the Spring 2018 Mayor’s delegation that will travel to the Hekinan.

The trip will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the two city’s Sister City relationship and the 70th anniversary of the city of Hekinan. You can learn more in our earlier story here.

As for action items, the council approved an ordinance that incorporates into the city’s stormwater and related codes changes that facilitate low impact development principles and best management practices.

The council also passed the final plat approval for the Woodway Court 2 Subdivision, located in southwest Edmonds. The project involves dividing one 54,913-square-foot lot located just south of Restlawn Cemetery, at 23800 – 104th Avenue West, into five lots in a single family residential zone.

The council also approved the city’s 2017 Comprehensive Water System Plan, which now goes to the Washington State Department of Health for final review.

An agenda item that called for authorizing a professional services agreement with Parametrix for the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector Project was removed from consideration and will instead be sent back to the council’s Parks, Planning and Public Works Committee for further discussion.

In other, non-action items, the council:

– heard 2018 budget presentations from the Police, Development Services, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, and Human Resources Departments and the Municipal Court.

– received a staff update on 2017 Comprehensive Plan Amendments as well as the proposed 2018-2023 Capital Facilities Plan/Capital Improvement Program. The City’s Capital Facilities Plan element is a document updated annually and identifies capital projects for at least the next six years that support the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The plan contains a list of projects that need to be expanded or will be new capital facilities in order to accommodate the city’s projected population growth in accordance with the Growth Management Act.


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