Draft proposals for new Comprehensive Plan policies and development regulations to implement the Midtown Task Force’s recommendations are now available for public review and comment.
To view the drafts go to the Midtown Planning District Project web page on the City web site. Towards the top of the page is a heading “Draft Amendments” below which are links to the various drafts.
The Comprehensive Plan link will show the proposed policy changes within the context of the larger plan. The first changes occur on page 13 of the document. All changes are in red font.
To look at and download proposed new code language click on the links that all start with “SMC”. All but the last link are amendments to existing chapters in Snohomish Municipal Code. The changes in existing chapters are also in red font.
The biggest change to the SMC is the creation of a completely new chapter called “Midtown District Development Regulations” (SMC 14.214). Because this is all new language, red font wasn’t used. This new chapter focuses on the Task Force’s recommendations to make the new development in Midtown reflect the Snohomish Character.
These drafts were put together by staff based on the Midtown Task Force recommendations then modified based on discussions with the Planning Commission. They do not represent the Planning Commission’s final thinking on the issues.
The Planning Commission will be discussing the new Chapter 14.214 at their next meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 14. That meeting is tentatively scheduled to be at the Carnegie Building at 105 Cedar Ave. It will not be offered online.
Whether an in-person meeting at the Carnegie Building is possible cannot be confirmed before Governor Inslee issues a decision regarding lifting Covid pandemic restrictions, which is expected to happen no later than June 30. If it turns out that an in-person meeting won’t be possible, the Planning Commission will hold a remote-only meeting online on July 14.
The Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled to hold a public hearing on the Midtown amendments in September. At that time, they will take public testimony and make their recommendations to the City Council.
Comments on the project are encouraged and can be submitted any time up to the hearing date. Send your comments to Planning Director Glen Pickus by email or regular mail (Snohomish City Hall, Attn: Glen Pickus, P.O. Box 1589, Snohomish, WA 98291). All comments will be part of the official record and will be provided to the Planning Commission and City Council.
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.