The Midtown Planning District is the Commercial-zoned area of the city on the Avenue D corridor from Sixth Street north to SR 9. We're studying this area because generally it seems ready for redevelopment and because the former Snohomish County public works yard site on the west side of Avenue D opposite 13th Street has been declared surplus by the County and will likely be sold to developers soon.
The goal of the Midtown Planning District Project is to create a revitalized Midtown that will create jobs and increase residents' shopping, work, activity, and housing options, including increasing the amount of affordable housing in the city. The end product is expected to be an update of development regulations and Comprehensive Plan policies for the District that occur in a way that benefits the community and is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.
The Planning Commission is currently discussing amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Snohomish Municipal Code. Click on the links below to see the current drafts under consideration. All of the changes are in red font with new language underlined and deleted language
struck through. (Since Chapter 14.214 SMC, Midtown District Development Regulations is an entirely new chapter, red font, underlines and strikethroughs are not used.)
Please be aware that none of the drafts have been recommended for approval yet by the Planning Commission. They will finalize their recommendations at a public hearing tentatively scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at the Carnegie Building, 105 Cedar Avenue.
The Midtown Task Force has completed its work and has forwarded a memorandum with their final recommendations to the Planning Commission. To download the memo click here.
For the next several months, the Planning Commission will be working on finalizing policy and regulatory language to implement the Task Force’s recommendations. The Planning Commission meets the 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. They are tentatively scheduled to have workshops on the Midtown Project during their April-June meetings and then hold a public hearing in July-August. The public is invited to watch the workshops and participate in the public hearing in July (which would be continued to August, if necessary).
Written comments from the public may be submitted to the Planning Commission at any time up to the public hearing date. To do so, send them to the attention of Planning Director Glen Pickus via email or to Snohomish City Hall, P.O. Box 1589, Snohomish, WA 98291.
A Midtown Planning District Task Force was created by the City Council to lead this project. Their main task is to draft new development regulation and make policy recommendations for the Planning Commission to consider. The Task Force completed its work on March 9, 2021 when they finalized their recommendations in a memo to the Planning Commission. To view that memo click here.
Task Force members were appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The members of the Task Force are:
- Chairperson: Rio Ingram
- Vice-Chairperson: Raymond Cook (Economic Development Committee)
- Alice Armstrong
- Gordon Cole (Economic Development Committee; Planning Commission)
- Mitch Cornelison (Planning Commission)
- Paula Denney
- Karl Houtman
- Thomas Kreinbring
- Ethan Martez
- Jeanette Pop
- Kyle Stevens
- Katherine Thompson
- Van Tormohlen (Planning Commission)
City Council Liaisons
- Judith Kuleta
- Tom Merrill
- Donna Ray (alternate)
All Midtown Task Force meetings are open to the public and will be on a Tuesday, 6-8:00 p.m. The tentative meeting schedule is as follows.
- July 28: Meeting #1
- August 25: Meeting #2
- October 13: Meeting #3
- October 27: Meeting #3 continued
- January 2021: Public Open House (see three-prong approach outlined above)
- February 9: Meeting #4
- February 23: Meeting #4 continued
- March 9: Final Meeting
The open house process for the Midtown District planning district ran through the month of January, 2021. We appreciate all the input we received from the public about this project. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic restrictions on public gatherings, we offered a 3-prong approach to replace the traditional open house.
One of the prongs was a self-guided virtual on-line tour using an ESRI story map. The story map is a virtual experience that contains videos, maps, images, and links. It will help you get a feel for the district as it is today, and understand the possibilities for the future. Toward the very end is of the tour are conceptual drawings developed by Snohomish County for their road maintenance yard site on Avenue D to illustrate how that site could be developed consistent with the concepts developed by the Task Force.
The story map is still available to view, however all the survey links have been disabled.
Task Force members have been supplied with supportive documentation including:
The City Council adopted Ordinance 2403 to form a Task Force to be comprised of community members, some with expertise in land use, real estate and development and others who are tuned in to the community’s vision for this area.