Edmonds City Council Thursday to consider extension of moratorium on downtown building permits

The Edmonds City Council has scheduled a special virtual meeting for 5:15 p.m. Thurday, April 21 to consider a proposed extension of its moratorium on building permit applications in the downtown BD2 zone.

According to the council agenda, extending the moratorium until June 2 would give the council more time to consider whether it is appropriate to expand the limits of the city’s designated street front map “to require at least some commercial use of new structures within a possible expansion area.”

The extension would also allow city staff “to analyze possible extensions of the designated street front and report back to the city council no later than May 17, 2022, with the contemplated council action to adopt any appropriate designated street front revisions on May 24, 2022 in conjunction with a lifting of the moratorium.”

Also on the agenda is an ordinance to adopt interim design standards for downtown Edmonds BD2 zone, a proposal that was discussed at the council’s Tuesday night meeting but then tabled. The council must pass the standards by a super majority vote Thursday for the ordinance to take immediate effect.

To view or listen to the virtual meeting, paste the following into a web browser using a computer or smart phone: https://zoom.us/j/95798484261
Or join by phone: US: +1 253 215 8782 Webinar ID: 957 9848 4261

You can comment via a computer or smart phone by raising a virtual hand to be recognized. Those wishing to provide audience comments by dial-up phone are instructed to press *9 to raise a hand. When prompted, press *6 to unmute.

You can see the complete agenda here.

  1. Thank you. Thursday at 5:15 p.m. is a very unusual day/time for a City Council meeting.

    I was not aware of this meeting or the important issues to be discussed, and the 5:15 p.m. meeting time may really surprise people who are used to City Council meetings at 7:00 p.m.

  2. I appreciate the notice of this meeting, however I am not able to attend tonight. I am sure there will be valuable reporting via the city council and My Edmonds News. The process of removing existing structures( I have read that
    the existing site will require removing of buildings that need removal). The better the process of how to minimize delays for a design/construction plan should provide fair estimates of the costs required to provide a viable solution.
    Delays happen, but if the planning of the project is approached with reducing delays/ construction, and the process moves forward without delays for permits, or equipment, etc. I hope it is an positive success.

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