Reminder: Neighborhood meetings scheduled for ‘Everyone’s Edmonds’ 20-year plan

The Edmonds waterfront in 2022, courtesy Wikimedia.

Updated with information on Highway 99 meeting Dec. 7.

By 2044, the City of Edmonds is projected to add approximately 13,000 residents, 9,000 new housing units and 3,000 new jobs. As part of the “Everyone’s Edmonds” Comprehensive Plan update, the city has been seeking community input on key topics that will shape the city’s future, and has scheduled a series of in-person meetings starting Dec. 4.

In a news release, the city said it has collected public feedback on various topics to be addressed in the plan as well as in the corresponding Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). These topics included addressing housing needs and climate change, protecting natural resources, improving transportation infrastructure, and fostering a vibrant economy.

The facilitated neighborhood meetings are designed to advance conversations with residents as the planning process continues, the city said. They will focus on various topics, including existing conditions, issuesand challenges, and how to accommodate growth over the 20-year period.

Neighborhood meeting schedule:

Downtown and Waterfront: Dec. 4, 4-7 p.m.

Westgate: Dec. 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Five Corners: Dec. 6, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Highway 99: Dec. 7, 4.30-6:30 p.m.

Firdale: Dec. 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The Bowl: Dec. 12, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

All these meetings will take place at 650 Main St. at Edmonds Plaza Room, on top of the Edmonds Library.

The meeting scheduled for Dec. 4 will merge discussions for both downtown and waterfront, and the Comprehensive Plan overview will be shared jointly for both neighborhoods, the city said. For those exclusively interested in the specifics of the waterfront, the session will commence at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on the “Everyone’s Edmonds” Comprehensive Plan update, visit the project website.

  1. I am wondering why there is no meeting for the Hwy 99/Medical area residents? Will there be additional neighborhood meetings? The Comp Plan presentation power point said there is a meeting in January regarding the Hwy 99/Medical area EIS but that is not the same thing as asking residents for their thoughts about their neighborhood’s development. As the power point talked about 75 foot high residential buildings along Hwy 99 in Edmonds, I would think it would be important to ask the people who live there their thoughts, and to see whether there are Edmonds-wide alternatives that would incorporate equitable sharing of housing placement in all Edmonds neighborhoods to absorb the 20 year projected population growth.

    1. I was wondering that, too, especially considering there are meetings for downtown/waterfront AND the Bowl. We really do get ignored out here!

  2. Planning Dept:Don’t go out of your way to engage the community ….

    These meetings need to be held in each neighborhood …….

  3. Why are all the meetings held at the Library, in the Bowl, rather than in the neighborhoods themselves? And 4:30-6:30 PM isn’t a great time for those who work

    1. The fact of the matter is, the city, as it currently operates, doesn’t want our input! If they did the meetings would be held in the neighborhoods that will be affected by the plan, and at times that would accommodate more residents.

  4. The comments here are right on point. Meetings scheduled to avoid conflict with the working class which it directly affects. This way they can breeze through the process and push everything through and next thing you know the waterfront is being developed into something different and incorporating housing and who knows what else. This is how they play their games. It’s crooked and dirty but legal.

    1. Why so quick to jump to a negative story about the motives? “Crooked and dirty” could be more charitably replaced with words much less inflammatory, such as “Thoughtless and inconsiderate”. Doesn’t everyone make mistakes? Could our city employees be possibly overworked and/or doing the best they can with what they have? Lighten up, please.

      1. There seems to be a consensus among many the Edmonds city leadership lacks a certain amount of credibility and integrity. One of the questionable newest themes in the playbook seems to be to depict leadership as overworked “victims”. The coming New Year will hopefully bring positive changes which restore soundness in Edmonds city government.

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