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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Open House


The Midtown District planning process has reached the stage where typically we would be offering a public open house but due to the Covid 19 pandemic restrictions that’s not possible.  Instead, we’re offering a 3-prong approach to replace the open house.

 

Prong 1:  Zoom webinar

A remote on-line meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 20, offered at two times, 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  (The two offerings will be identical so there’s no need to attend both.) The event is expected to last about 90 minutes during which staff will make a presentation and participants will be asked to vote on short polls to express their positions on the concepts being discussed.  There will be a question and answer period following the staff presentation. To attend one of these remote meetings use the following log on information:


Morning meeting:  January 20th at 10:30 a.m.

Webinar ID: 897 6244 2222

Passcode: 002661

On-line link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89762442222

Telephone: dial 253-215-8782

 

Evening meeting:  January 20th at 6:00 p.m.

Webinar ID: 827 2355 5539

Passcode: 226707

On-line link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82723555539

Telephone: dial 253-215-8782  


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.

 

Taking the self-guided tour will take 30 minutes to an hour to complete but you do not need to finish in one visit.  Come back as often as you like whenever you have the time.

 

A ribbon of links will follow you as you scroll through and will help you jump through the story if you find you need to come back to it later.

 

The tour is separated into sections where the different issues discussed by the Midtown Task Force are presented.  After each topic there is a green button that says “Take the survey”.  Clicking this button will take you to a survey monkey poll which will have 1-4 questions for you to answer.  There are 7 surveys in the story map.  Please keep in mind, you can only take each survey one time.

 

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.

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Prong 3:  In-person meeting

In-person opportunity, by appointment only, on Jan. 19, 20, or 21.  These will be at City Hall and are limited to two people at a time.  To schedule an appointment or for more information contact Director of Planning & Development Services Glen Pickus via email or 360-282-3173.

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.


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)
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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
  • January 2021: Public Open House (see three-prong approach outlined above)
  • February 2021: Meeting #4 (date TBD)

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.



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Process

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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. 

Public Participation

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.