Midtown District

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.  


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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.

Process

Midtown planning process flowchart


Public Input provided to the Task Force

Task Force 

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.  The Task Force completed its work on March 9, 2021 when they finalized their recommendations in a memo to the Planning Commission.  To view that memo click here.


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)
Midtown Planning District (cropped map)

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.

  • checkJuly 28: Meeting #1
  • checkAugust 25: Meeting #2
  • checkOctober 13: Meeting #3
  • checkOctober 27: Meeting #3 continued
  • checkJanuary 2021: Public Open House
  • check February 9: Meeting #4
  • check February 23: Meeting #4 continued
  • check March 9:  Final Meeting

Open House

The open house process for the Midtown District planning district ran through the month of January, 2021.  We appreciate all the input we received from the public about this project.  Due to the Covid 19 pandemic restrictions on public gatherings, we offered a 3-prong approach to replace the traditional open house.


One of the prongs was 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.


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study area oblique (cropped)

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.