The Midtown Planning District is the portion of Avenue D from sixth Street north to SR 9 that is currently zoned Commercial. This area is being studied because general it seems ready for redevelopment and specifically because the former Snohomish County public works yard site on the west side of Avenue D opposite 13th Street has been declared surplus by the County and likely will be sold to developers soon. The goal of the Midtown Planning District Project is to proactively look at the currently development regulations to see how they might be updated so the redevelopment of the county site and the area can happen in a way that benefits the community.
The City Council has adopted an ordinance to form a Task Force to be comprised of community members, some with expertise in land use, real estate and development and others who are tuned in to the community’s vision for this area. The Task Force will work with City staff and consultants to gain the knowledge they need to help them consider new development regulations and design standards for the area.
The Task Force meetings will be open to the public. The July 28 meeting will actually be an open house where the public can review the Task Force’s initial recommendations and offer feedback.
Ultimately, the Task Force’s recommended code changes will go to the Planning Commission which will study the recommendation and hold a public hearing before making a recommendation to the City Council. The Planning Commission public hearing is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 4, 2020 to be followed by a City Council public hearing and decision on Dec. 1, 2020.
The Midtown Planning District Task Force members will be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Interested community members with expertise in land use, design, business operations, real estate and more, with a desire to serve the community, are urged to apply to be on the Task Force.
Attendance to Task Force meetings are mandatory. You should only apply if you can commit to meeting 6-8 p.m. on these Tuesday evenings: