City’s Planning Department Receives Award for Midtown
History of the Midtown District
In 2018 Snohomish County notified the City they would be selling their former 9.4-acre public works yard site on Avenue D at 13th Street. The City took steps to proactively update regulations to guide the development in a direction that reflected the community’s vision of ensuring a vibrant, forward-looking community affordable for Snohomish residents for generations to come. The Midtown Planning District Project was launched in 2020 to look at updating the development regulations and standards for not only the County property but also the entire Avenue D corridor from Sixth Street north to SR9. The goal of the District is to create a revitalized Midtown that creates jobs and increases shopping, work, activity, and housing options, including increasing the amount of affordable housing in the city.
Snohomish Municipal Code 14.214, lays out the design standards for new construction in the Midtown District, including that the architectural character reflect the historical context of the City and to avoid generic, corporate architectural design that is inconsistent with the character and identity of Snohomish.
- Process for Establishing Midtown
- Supporting Documents
- City Council Action
- Final Meeting
- Meeting #4
- Meeting #3
- Meeting #2
- Meeting #1
- Survey Results
Process for Establishing Midtown
Task Force members have been supplied with supportive documentation including:
City Council Action
On February 1, 2022, the City Council adopted Ordinance 2425 which:
- Created a new Midtown zoning district and rezoned the area along Avenue D from Sixth Street north to SR9 from “Commercial” to Midtown District”
- Created a new Chapter 14.214 SMC, Midtown District Development Regulations
- Amended Chapter 14.25, Definitions
- Amended Chapter 14.30, Establishment of Zoning Districts
- Amended Chapter 14.207, Land Use Tables
- Amended SMC 14.210.330, Table 1, Dimensional Requirements
- Create a new SMC 14.235.047, Parking Requirements for Existing and New Structures in the Midtown District
In the Midtown District, new development will be required to meet new innovative design standards to ensure that development reflects the Snohomish character and is complementary to the Historic District development.
The Midtown District does not have a maximum density limit but will rely on building height limits and parking requirements to ensure the density of development does not negatively impact the public welfare. The maximum building height limits in the Midtown District will be 45 feet (approximately 4 stories) in the South Overlay and 55 feet (approximately 5 stories) in the North Overlay. Midtown is divided into to two overlay areas to allow more intensive development allowed in the North (Tenth Street north to SR9) than in the South (Sixth Street north to Tenth Street).
Click here to download the staff presentation from the City Council's Midtown public hearing.
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.