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Posted on: October 14, 2021

City Council to hold Public Hearing on Docket Applications

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Two proposed rezones are included in this year’s docket applications.

The docket process is an annual opportunity, required by the Growth Management Act, for the public to propose amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Development Code.

At a public hearing on November 2, the City Council will determine which of the six docket applications submitted this year should be placed on the 2022 Final Docket. Placement on the Final Docket does not mean the proposal is approved.  Rather, it means the City Council thinks it is worth using staff resources to analyze further.  After staff completes its analysis, the proposals on the Final Docket will go to the Planning Commission for their input and recommendations culminating in a final decision by the City Council, approving or denying the proposals, towards the end of 2022.   

Two of this year’s docket applications propose site -specific rezones. One, submitted by the City, proposes rezoning a portion of the undeveloped Homestead Park 10-acre site to one of the City’s multi-family zones.  Currently, the entire site is zoned Parks, Open Space & Public but not all 10 acres are needed for park purposes.  This proposal is in response to the City Council’s desire to explore using surplus City property for housing, including housing that lower income households can afford.

The other site-specific rezone proposal was submitted by the owners of the Kla-Ha-Ya Village mixed use development on Avenue D.  They have requested consideration of rezoning three lots on Avenue B (1100, 1102, and 1106) that are next to Kla-Ha-Ya Village, from Single-Family to Commercial to allow for the expansion of the development.  They describe using the Avenue B parcels for parking, including electrical vehicle charging stations, and for new multi-family units.  The proposal includes restricting access to the property from Avenue B to emergency vehicles only.

A second application submitted by a community member is a proposal to amend the sign code to allow electronic changing message signs in the Historic District.  Currently, those types of signs are prohibited in the Historic District.  The owner of a gas station on Second Avenue submitted the application citing the need to effectively communicate ever-changing gasoline prices.

The remaining three applications were submitted by the City.  They propose studying three subareas and then considering rezoning some or parts of those areas to allow mixed use and multi-family development.  The three subareas are:

  • North Lake: An area north of Blackmans Lake including the urban growth area.  Most of the subarea is currently zoned Single-Family with a small portion zoned Business Park.
  • North Corner: The area in the northwest corner of the City including the urban growth area.  About half of this subarea is currently zoned Single-Family with the rest zoned Business Park, Commercial, and Medium Density Residential.
  • Central West: Generally, the area west of SR9 zoned Single-Family, including the urban growth area, between Weaver Road and Tenth Street.

If you have any questions about the 2022 docket or want to submit a comment to the City Council before their public hearing contact Planning Director Glen Pickus via email or by calling him at 360-282-3173.

To participate at the public hearing download the agenda packet from the Agenda Center (available Friday afternoon, October 15) on the City’s website that will have information on how to join the remote-attendance-only meeting as well as a staff report evaluating each proposal with a recommendation as to whether to put it on the 2022 Final Docket.

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