The public will have its first opportunity to weigh in on some proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan with regard to the intersection of 56th Ave. W. and 236th St. SW. during a Public Hearing at the July 14 Planning Commission meeting.
An amendment to the Town Center Subarea Plan “Building Prototypes Map” 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).
Currently, the four corners at the intersection are designated Medium Mixed Use (5). The proposed amendment would incorporate some abutting parcels currently designed on the Building Prototypes Map as two- and three-story buildings into the Medium Mixed Use (5).
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.
City staff cited as reasons for the amendment:
- Future development of remaining quadrants will serve as a vibrant, compact and well-designed activity center and a secondary gateway into the City’s downtown.
- As a result of the newly constructed Arbor Village at the southeast quadrant of the 236th Street SW and 56th Ave. W. intersection, it is important for the City to incentivize the development potential on the other three quadrants of the intersection.
- The Arbor Village site was an aggregation of parcels equal in building district designation. The other three corners currently contain a mixture of unequal building heights, types and intensities that constrain development opportunities. The current zoning distributions of the three remaining quadrants at the intersection are unequal to the area zoning for Arbor Village.
- The intersection is viable to transit-oriented development because it is a direct link to the transit center, freeway station and future link light rail.
- Creating an equally designated building district at the intersection would encourage quality development at the intersection.
- Complementary development at the intersection could add new opportunities for high quality housing.
- Additional commercial facilities at all four corners would concentrate business, which is desirable for shoppers and would expand the City’s tax base.
- The intersection, when fully developed, could attract visitors to the Downtown and could serve as a pivotal development area in the Town Center.
An amendment to the Town Center Subarea Plan Map would be considered a Comprehensive Plan Map amendment and would need to follow the applicable procedures and public process.
The City Council likely will consider the amendment and the Planning Commission’s recommendations at a work session and also would hold another Public Hearing before voting on the matter.
For more information contact the Community and Economic Development Department at 425-744-6207 or email: [email protected]