Findings of recent city waterfront study topic of Sept. 26 Edmonds Civic Roundtable meeting

The Edmonds Civic Roundtable is hosting a panel discussion from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 to explore the findings of the recent City of Edmonds waterfront study.

The panelists include City of Edmonds Environmental Programs Manager Kernen Lien and Port of Edmonds Executive Director Bob McChesney.

The waterfront study is intended to identify waterfront use, needs and issues that can inform high-level recommendations for consideration during the city’s 2024 Comprehensive Plan update. With several entities in the mix —  the city, Port of Edmonds, BSNF Railroad, Washington State Ferry and private entities — it’s a complex issue.

Adding even more complexity to planning for the future is the addition of a second railroad track and a third ferry — both of which Edmonds has no control over.

Topics anticipated to be addressed in the city’s Comprehensive Plan update include Edmonds Marsh restoration and the former Unocal Property, traffic and parking, emergency access to waterfront, impacts of climate change and land use and development.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions following the panel discussion.

The meeting will be at the Edmonds Waterfront Center, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds.

To register, click here. A Zoom link for those attending online will be sent prior to the presentation.

  1. I guess it’s not really Edmonds problem but conflicts between the ferry and railroad are going to happen at some point and we probably should have some sort of emergency access so I will again suggest a Edmonds crossings type project on the old oil land. I know it is off the table until it isn’t and in my opinion it would be the best outcome for all stake holders including the marsh. Don’t mind me I will just keep spitting into the wind of the naysayers.

    1. Well after reading this I guess we are going to have to get used to the idea of a concrete ferry overpass at the existing ferry location. I remember the warm welcome the overpass idea got last time. Only this time I expect the city to push it through regardless of citizen disapproval. Please let your leaders know you don’t want Edmonds crossing removed from language in the city’s long term plan.

  2. I hope the roundtable will focus on what issues actually need to be considered for Comp Plan amendments relative to the waterfront. Citizens know that the Edmonds Crossing language (for the defunct ferry terminal relocation) and the appropriate zoning for the old Unocal property must be fixed. Public input should be sought on whether the old Unocal property should be allowed to be developed with high rise condos, made into a parking area, made into an “open space” zoned Park in conjunction with Marsh restoration, or ????
    I hope the roundtable will discuss why alternatives for Comp Plan Amendments aren’t in front of the Council RIGHT NOW. The viable alternatives should be “on-the-table” as proposed amendments so the public and the Port can provide their comments and input.
    Why is City Administration mixing waterfront issues with affordable housing issues in the 2024 Comp Plan update. The Council added funding in 2020 for City Administration to complete a Comp Plan amendment LAST YEAR! Who decided it had to be mixed into the 2024 update?
    What are the motivations behind Councilmember Paine’s comment at the July Council meeting that “elements of Senate Bill 1099 must be incorporated?”

  3. It would be helpful if ECR provided a link to the referenced “recent city waterfront study.” I was unable to find it on the city’s website. Or on the ECR website.

  4. Here’s a link to the study, now on ECR website at my request:

    On p.41, Relevant Comprehensive Plan policy:

    “Downtown Mixed Residential. In this area, commercial uses would be allowed but not required (i.e. buildings could be entirely commercial or entirely residential, or anything in between).”

    This is a seismic hazard area, yet residential uses are listed as options to include in our Comprehensive Plan. Per code:!/html/Edmonds23/Edmonds2380.html

    “B. Seismic Hazard Areas. The following activities are allowed within seismic hazard areas:
    1. Construction of new buildings with less than 2,500 square feet of floor area or roof area, whichever is greater, and which are not residential structures or used as places of employment or public assembly;

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