Mountlake Terrace Planning Commission meets Monday night

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City-of-MLT-logoThe Mountlake Terrace Planning Commission has three issues up for consideration at its Monday, Aug. 11 meeting at Council Chambers.

The Commission is scheduled to address the Proposed 2014 Comprehensive Plan and Town Center Subarea Plan Map Amendment and Concurrent Zoning Map Amendment. The changes proposed are related to building designations (land use and zoning map) at the intersection of 236th Street SW and 56th Avenue W.

The amendment would change the designations of parcels at the intersection from Subdistricts C, D and E (which allow two- and three-story buildings) to Subdistrict B, Medium Mixed Use (5) District (which allows five-story buildings).

City staff said that the goal is to allow all quadrants of the intersection to have equal development opportunities and to facilitate redevelopment of what the City deems to be a key intersection.

The Commission also is set to hear an update from the City on its preparation of a Disaster Recovery Plan. The City actually is working on three separate plans dealing with hazards, disasters and emergencies.

Finally, the Commission is scheduled to review of Ordinances Extending Impact Fee Discount Rate. There are two ordinances that extend the current 50 percent discount on impact fees for parks and transportation improvements. The discount represents the reduced amount that developers pay for needed parks and street improvements to serve their development. Under state law, development impacts cannot be entirely born by the property owner or builder.

Local governments must pay a share, recognizing (a) that improvements needed for development will also benefit the public at large, (b) that growth also has community benefits, and (c) that growth should be reasonably accommodated. The discount ensures that developers do not pay the full costs of needed improvements for their development.

The underlying impact fee ordinance was adopted in 2007 with a 25 percent discount. In 2011, the discount was raised to 50 percent for a three-year period. At the end of the three-year period – i.e., October 1, 2014 – the discount will revert back to 25 percent. The two proposed ordinances will extend the 50 percent reduction for an additional three-year period – i.e., to October 1, 2017.

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