Council to Conduct Two Public Hearings Monday, July 19

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The Mountlake Terrace City Council has two public hearings scheduled for July 19 at 7 p.m. at the Interim City Hall Council Chambers, 6100 219th Street SW, Suite 200. The first is a public hearing on an ordinance to continue the moratorium on the Freeway/Tourist Zoning District. The second is on proposed amendments to animal-related code provisions.

The Freeway/Tourist District consists of properties in the south portion of Mountlake Terrace, just east of I-5—including Gateway Place, the former Evergreen School site, and a few properties near 244th Street SW.

The purpose of the moratorium is to allow time for the Freeway/Tourist zoning code to be updated without new uses being established in the interim that may conflict with an updated code and vision for future economic development.

A moratorium on uses that have not been legally established in the Freeway/Tourist District since 1990 was adopted by the City Council on June 7 in an emergency ordinance. The ordinance calls for a public hearing on July 19. After the July 19 public hearing, the Council will consider adopting a continuation of the current moratorium through December 4.

The second public hearing is on amendments for animal-related code provisions. Currently, the Zoning Code and Animal Code overlap on some standards. The amendments would transfer most Zoning Code standards to the Animal Code to provide Under the proposal, goats would be temporarily allowed for vegetation control on residential properties of at least 10,000 square feet. (Non-neutered male goats would not be allowed.) Up to 3 hens could be kept only in the back yard of residential properties.

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the Animal Code Update Ordinance on July 12 and recommended approval. The City Council will hear testimony and consider adopting the proposed ordinance at their July 19 meeting.

For more information about the public hearings, see the city’s website at cityofmlt.com or call Community Relations Director/City Clerk Virginia Olsen at (425) 744-6206.

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