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Posted on: March 17, 2021

Midtown Task Force Completes Its Work

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The Midtown Task Force unanimously approved forwarding a memorandum to the Snohomish Planning Commission containing their recommendations.


At its final meeting on March 9 the Midtown Task Force unanimously approved forwarding a memorandum to the Snohomish Planning Commission containing their recommendations for the future of the Midtown District – the Avenue D commercial corridor from Sixth Street to just north of the roundabout.


The recommendations propose new policies for the Comprehensive Plan and new development regulations for the City’s Land Use Development Code (Title 14 Snohomish Municipal Code).

 

Key recommendations include:

  • Create a new Midtown zoning district.
  • Allow more intense development in the Midtown District allowing increased densities and building heights over what is currently allowed.
  • Implement development regulations that will result in new development that reflects the “Snohomish Character”.
  • Adopt policies that promote a mixture of new multi-family development that includes housing that is affordable to low- and moderate-income households.
  • Require the incorporation of significant open spaces into new developments’ site design.
  • “Green” the Avenue D corridor with more extensive use of landscaping and trees.
  • Incentivize green building practices including the use of solar panels and the provision of electric vehicle charging stations.

 

You can download the Task Force’s memorandum to the Planning Commission here.   For more information about the project, including information about all of the Task Force’s activities go to the Midtown Planning District Project web page on the City web site.   

 

With the conclusion of the Task Force’s work, the Midtown District planning process will move into its next stage.  In this stage, the Planning Commission will translate the recommendations of the Task Force into Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Development Code amendments.

 

At its April 7 meeting, the Planning Commission will go over the Task Force memo. At the May and June meetings, the Commission will work on drafting policy and code language.  A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for July 7.

 

If you want to stay informed about the Midtown Planning District Project, contact Planning Director Glen Pickus via email and ask to be placed on the Midtown Parties of Interest list. Parties of Interest receive emails notifying them about all meetings and process steps related to the project.

 

Written comments on the project will be accepted up until the date of the Planning Commission public hearing.  They, too, should be submitted to Planning Director Glen Pickus by email or regular mail (Snohomish City Hall, Attn: Glen Pickus, P.O. Box 1589, Snohomish, WA 98291).

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