Mountlake Terrace City Council extends Public Hearing on Atworth Commons project, update of Subdivision Code to March 2


City-of-MLT-logoThe Mountlake Terrace City Council voted last week to continue the Public Hearings on the Atworth Commons project and the Subdivision Code to the March 2 meeting.

The Council tabled consideration of the Preliminary Plat and Planned Unit Development on the Atworth Commons project, pending finalization of a boundary line adjustment that is required before final approval can be taken.

The proposal is to subdivide a 4.35-acre parcel into 31 single-family lots for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) to allow reduction in lot sizes below the minimum of 8,400 square feet. This proposed project is located on the former City Church site between 216th and 218thStreets S. W. and between 56th and 58th Avenues W.

The Planning Commission reviewed the proposal and recommended that the City Council approve the project.

In a presentation before the Council, the Atworth Commons design group/architect described the project as being pedestrian friendly with a quarter of the site open space, which is not common among most projects. All three open spaces will be paid for by the homeowners association. Because of the amount of open space, there is less runoff and less potential contaminated stormwater, a design spokesman said.

There are about 139 parking spaces within the development and additional on-street parking adjacent to the project. As far as impact on traffic, the project does not drop the level of service on 56th Ave. W.

The Public Hearing on the update of the Subdivision Code also was continued to March 2.

Public testimony was received by eight individuals, many of whom were associated with the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish County,  and a marked up copy of the subdivision ordinance document with suggested updates was submitted hours before the meeting.

Some of the concerns expressed included that the Mountlake Terrace code is not consistent with surrounding jurisdictions and that there is a lack of flexibility in the code.

Another key issue was that although the subdivision code performed well on a beta test of a proposed project, a section of the transportation code and other development codes may need to be evaluated as a follow up step to work in concert with the proposed subdivision code.

The subdivision code update is needed to deal with changes in state subdivision laws and developments in case law since the code was last updated in 1987. Changes in these laws affect the decision-making process including extended timeframes for the filing of final plats.

The March 2 meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Mountlake Terrace Interim City Hall, 6100 219th Street SW, Suite 220, second floor.

More information is available at Reports, maps and audio of meetings held by the Planning Commission and City Council can be found at



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