Outreach to owners of property zoned Mixed Use and Urban Horticulture has started as those two land use designations are slated to be eliminated in the next round of Comprehensive Plan amendments.
Over 100 letters have been mailed to the owners of the 98 parcels zoned Mixed Use and the 26 parcels zoned Urban Horticulture. The outreach effort includes contacting owners of property outside of City limits but within the Urban Growth Area.
Current Comprehensive Plan policies call for both designations to be eliminated. With the creation of the Pilchuck District in 2012 most, but not all, Mixed Use parcels were rezoned to one of the Pilchuck District designations. Policy CO 6.8 calls for the remaining Mixed Use parcels to be redesignated with new designations “consistent with the existing use and context of the property.”
The Urban Horticulture zoning designation was created years ago to address small-scale farming operations which used to exist in the City. However, few if any agricultural uses remain in the City or its UGA. Therefore, it’s now time to implement the current policy direction to, “Transition Urban Horticulture areas to other appropriate land use designations as agricultural uses are abandoned.”
City staff will work with property owners to determine what the best new designation will be for their parcels in a manner that protects their interests while maintaining the integrity of the City’s land use planning efforts.
For more information and to keep on the progress of this project go to the following web pages specifically created for this project:
Or, you contact Planning Director Glen Pickus via email or calling him at 360-282-3173.