Town Center Plan Map Amendment under consideration

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City-of-MLT-logoThe Mountlake Terrace Planning Commission considered an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan Town Center Subarea Plan Building Prototypes Map at a public hearing earlier this week but has not yet made a recommendation to the City Council on the proposal.

After hearing the presentation and public comments, the Planning Commission closed the public hearing and requested an additional work session to discuss some of the issues raised.

The proposal is to allow buildings up to 5-stories in height for some properties near the intersection of 236thStreet SW and 56th Avenue W, a key focal point in the Town Center. The four corners of the intersection already allow 5-story mixed-use buildings. Properties that abut the corner lots currently allow 3 and 4 story mixed-use buildings or 2-3 story live/work or townhome development.

The proposal would change the building designations for 17 properties to also allow mixed-use buildings up to five stories in height, the same designation as the corner lots. The recently built Arbor Village project on the southeast corner of the intersection is five stories in height and covers land area that is approximately the same size as the area proposed for the change in building height.

The Planning Commission’s August 11 work session will include a more detailed look at traffic, parking, and transitions to abutting residential dwellings. A future date will be set for a public meeting at which the Planning Commission intends to make a recommendation to the City Council. All public hearings will be advertised with a mailing and posting of the area, along with official postings at City Hall, the Mountlake Terrace Library, Post Office and Recreation Pavilion.

Once the City Council receives a recommendation from the Planning Commission, they will discuss the amendment at a work session followed by a public hearing. At the hearing, City Council will consider the record and the Planning Commission’s recommendation on the proposal and determine whether to adopt the map amendment.

Additional information on this proposal is available on the city’s website www.cityofmlt.com. Reports, maps and audio of meetings held by the Planning Commission and City Council can be found at http://www.cityofmlt.com/cityServices/cityCouncil/councilMeetings.htm (by date of meeting).

For more information, call the Community and Economic Development Department at 425-744-6207.

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