The Mountlake Terrace City Council will consider changes in the building codes for the mostly-vacant Freeway/Tourist Zoning District in the southwest corner of the city at its April 7 council meeting. A public hearing is scheduled to take place at the meeting prior to the council taking any action.
The proposed changes would allow buildings of up to 20 stories, or 285 feet, in height within portions of the district through a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program. Other areas of the district would allow buildings up to 12 stories, or 180 feet, in height under certain conditions if the proposed changes are approved.
Proposed changes in the zoning codes also include establishing a minimum building height in portions in the district of three stories, and to correct some specific wording in design standard language currently in city code for the district.
The city’s Freeway/Tourist District covers an area just east of I-5 from the King – Snohomish County line north to 236th Street Southwest. It includes the current Gateway Plaza business complex, the Sterling Bank building, and undeveloped land that includes the former site of the Evergreen Elementary School building that was razed in 2010.