Meeting Monday, Nov. 7, council scheduled to consider code amendment to BD2 designated street fronts

In a meeting set for Monday night, Nov. 7 due to election night falling on Tuesday, the Edmonds City Council is scheduled to decide whether to approve a proposed code amendment to the BD2 designated street fronts downtown.

The council May 24 approved an interim extension of that zoning in response to a proposal for a 24-unit apartment building in the 600 block of Main Street, located in the BD2 zone. After the interim standards were adopted, the Edmonds Planning Board and Citizens’ Economic Development Commission also reviewed them, and agreed that the blue line should be permanently extended to all BD2 parcels, to be more consistent with the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

On Oct. 25, the council held a public hearing on the proposed code amendment, but not before staff offered another option for extending the street fronts that were not included in the planning board recommendations. Senior Planner Mike Clugston said the alternative configuration — which was developed after city staff walked around the area — suggests that the designated street fronts don’t extend around corners and that they are located on main commercial streets rather than side streets, which are more residential in nature.

Also on the agenda for Tuesday night are two 2023 departmental budget reviews: for planning and development and for parks, recreation and human services.

Finally, the council is scheduled to hear a report from the council’s City Attorney Work Group regarding the city’s upcoming one-year contract extension with the Lighthouse Law Group.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in council chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N. in downtown Edmonds. Those who want attend virtually can click on this Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/95798484261. Or you can attend by phone: US: +1 253 215 8782 Webinar ID: 957 9848 4261.

Council meetings beginning at 7 p.m. are streamed live on the Council Meeting webpage, Comcast channel 21, and Ziply channel 39.

 

 

  1. I hope the council will keep the height and set backs as they are and not give in to developers. It will be bad enough with any more housing crowding into our little downtown, much less extra large monstrosities with 24 units with limited parking. If that happens then expect very large moving trucks on Main Street blocking traffic on a regular basis – or else in the the narrow alley between Bell and Main. We have already experienced this at 655 Main St when an extra large moving truck parked on our property to move a family into the new 4 plex that backs up into our shared alley, blocking several of us in. I can’t imagine how awful it would be for those who live on Bell closer to 6th if another monstrosity is allowed to be built in our neighborhood.

    1. If citizens of Edmonds want to protect and preserve our downtown business district from high density apartment buildings with minimum parking, then let Council know you want the street frontage line extended throughout the BD2 to require commercial on the ground floor as originally designed. This will be voted on Monday evening instead of the usual Tuesday evening meeting. We need to stop the erosion of business space in the downtown core. Commercial is imperative for a vibrant, healthy downtown. Now is the time to speak up! Write Council, come to the meeting and make your voices be heard. Special council meeting Monday night 7pm. Let Council hear your voice.

  2. I would hope that the debacle of the parking situation at the 3rd and Edmonds St. apartments would be a lesson to our civic leaders that more important even than the tenant requirements, building appearance, and traffic congestion is the lack of parking. When are we going to revise our codes to require adequate parking (2 newly created spaces per living unit) be included in the plans before approval? If there isn’t space for a parking lot, then they need to reduce the footprint of the structure or dig down and put in underground parking for residents and business employees. Until that requirement is included in the code, we can only expect the lack of parking to chase away prospective businesses that they seem to think will want to occupy the first floor of every building in the downtown corridor. I don’t see much evidence of planning coming from our Planning Department.

    1. April, I agree with two parking spaces per living unit and your suggestions to help with lack of parking. Unfortunately, the planners are not concerned about prospective businesses in our downtown. They are working to eliminate the business/commercial space requirement on the ground floor of the BD2 by allowing 100% residential. They are pushing this despite the Planning Board and the Economic Development Commission’s almost unanimous vote to protect commercial by permanently extending the designated street frontage blue line to all BD2 parcels. If the Council doesn’t vote to support this recommendation, we will lose the ability to attract businesses to our downtown by not providing the spaces, and we will have more density, less parking and more congestion. We need to support our businesses and maintain our vibrancy and small town feel by maintaining our BD2 for what it was meant — business/commercial, not 100% residential. Council, please support the Planning Board and EDC recommendation to extend the designated street frontage blue line throughout the BD2.

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