The Mountlake Terrace City Council will hold a public hearing at its Monday, Oct. 15 council meeting to consider four draft ordinances designed to help achieve policy goals for “complete streets.” The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Interim City Council Chambers, 6100 219th St. SW, Suite 220.
The proposed new codes set standards citywide for adding bike facilities, landscape buffers, and sidewalks as development occurs and where the City is doing a street improvement project. Under the proposed codes, new dead-end streets would be prohibited, except where connected streets are not feasible. Also, multi-use paths would be allowed for bicycles. One proposal requires a public hearing process when the City Council would consider re-naming existing public streets.
This is the first of a two-phase process to update transportation regulations. The second phase is planned for early 2013 to address the width of specific types of streets, including parking and bicycle lane widths and right-of-way widths.
The City’s Planning Commission reviewed the proposed ordinances at a work session Sept. 24, as did the City Council on Sept. 27.