The Midtown Planning District is the Commercial-zoned area of the city on the Avenue D corridor from Sixth Street north to SR 9. We're studying this area because generally it seems ready for redevelopment and 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 will likely be sold to developers soon.
The goal of the Midtown Planning District Project is to create a revitalized Midtown that will create jobs and increase residents' shopping, work, activity, and housing options, including increasing the amount of affordable housing in the city. The end product is expected to be an update of development regulations and Comprehensive Plan policies for the District that occur in a way that benefits the community and is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.
The open house process for the Midtown District planning district ran through the month of January and has just wrapped up. We appreciate all the input we received from the public about this project. The survey results are currently being collected and organized to present to the Task Force at their next meeting.
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic restrictions on public gatherings, we offered a 3-prong approach to replace the open house.
Prong 1: Zoom webinar
Remote on-line meetings were offered at two times on January 20, 2021 where staff made a presentation, participants were asked to vote on short polls to express their positions on concepts discussed, and staff answered questions.
Prong 2: Virtual Self-Guided Tour
A self-guided virtual on-line tour using an ESRI story map. The story map is a virtual experience that contains videos, maps, images, and links. It will help you get a feel for the district as it is today, and understand the possibilities for the future. Toward the very end is of the tour are conceptual drawings developed by Snohomish County for their road maintenance yard site on Avenue D to illustrate how that site could be developed consistent with the concepts developed by the Task Force.
The story map is still available to view, however all the survey links have been disabled.
Prong 3: In-person meeting
Opportunities were provided to schedule an in-person presentation on January 19-21, 2021.
The public is encouraged to participate by attending Task Force meetings and the open house, and offering comments and feedback. All written comments will be shared with the Task Force. Each meeting will include a Public Comment portion at the end when, if time permits, the public will be able to address their comments directly to the Task Force.
To submit comments or to ask questions, email Planning Director Glen Pickus or mail them to Snohomish City Hall, attn: Glen Pickus, P.O. Box 1589, Snohomish, WA 98291.
A Midtown Planning District Task Force was created by the City Council to lead this project. Their main task is to draft new development regulation and make policy recommendations for the Planning Commission to consider.
Task Force members were appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The members of the Task Force are:
- Chairperson: Rio Ingram
- Vice-Chairperson: Raymond Cook (Economic Development Committee)
- Alice Armstrong
- Gordon Cole (Economic Development Committee; Planning Commission)
- Mitch Cornelison (Planning Commission)
- Paula Denney
- Karl Houtman
- Thomas Kreinbring
- Ethan Martez
- Jeanette Pop
- Kyle Stevens
- Katherine Thompson
- Van Tormohlen (Planning Commission)
City Council Liaisons
- Judith Kuleta
- Tom Merrill
- Donna Ray (alternate)
All Midtown Task Force meetings are open to the public and will be on a Tuesday, 6-8:00 p.m. The tentative meeting schedule is as follows.
- July 28: Meeting #1
- August 25: Meeting #2
- October 13: Meeting #3
- October 27: Meeting #3 continued
- January 2021: Public Open House (see three-prong approach outlined above)
- February 9: Meeting #4
- February 23: Meeting #4 continued
Additional meeting dates will be added if necessary. Ideally, all of the remaining meetings will be in-person meetings so the meeting dates are dependent on Snohomish County entering Phase 3 of "Washington’s Phased Approach" of reopening businesses and modifying physical distancing measures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, if in-person meetings are not feasible but it is determined the planned meeting content will allow a remote meeting, then meetings will be offered remotely on-line via Zoom; as was the case with Meeting #1.
Task Force members have been supplied with supportive documentation including:
The City Council adopted Ordinance 2403 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.
At least one meeting will 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.