Spurred by a proposed 24-unit apartment building at 6th and Main, Edmonds City Council at a special meeting on Tuesday March 29 is to consider three draft design standards which, according to staff at the city, will help multi-family buildings “fit into the downtown context.”
According to the council’s scheme, the proposed design standards relate to materials, private amenity space and a street-side amenity space or pedestrian area.
The meeting is defined as “special” because the council does not usually meet on months when there is a fifth Tuesday.
On February 15, council unanimously approved a two-month emergency moratorium on building permit applications in the mixed commercial zoning district (BD2) of downtown Edmonds. In a press release issued later that night, the city said it “realized that there are gaps in our existing multi-family design standards in the downtown BD2 areas that would hamper results. positive design factors, such as neighborhood compatibility and green space amenities”.
The council action imposed a two-month ban on building permit applications for any property in the BD2 area that does not have a street frontage designation, as defined in the Edmonds Development Code. (You can find this code definition here.)
The Edmonds Architectural Design Board held a public hearing in January on an application to review the design of the 6th and main building, which contains 9,889 square feet over two plots. The current buildings on the plots would be demolished to make way for the apartment building. A subsequent lot line adjustment would be required to combine the two parcels into one lot for the construction of the apartment building.
Other business on Tuesday night’s council agenda includes:
– A presentation of the water resources inventory area (WRIA) 8 Salmon Recovery Council. The City of Edmonds participates in the council, which includes local elected officials, concerned citizens, scientists and representatives of business and environmental interests, water and sewer districts, and federal and state agencies. The Council oversees the implementation of a science-based salmon conservation plan for the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish watershed.
– Continuing discussions on the re-establishment of the Citizens Salary Commission, which sets the salaries of the city council and the mayor.
– A discussion on whether the board – now that it meets in person – should continue the practice of including written comments in its weekly agendas.
The in-person meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Board Room, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave N., Edmonds. Those who wish to join Tuesday evening’s meeting virtually instead of attending in person to provide feedback to the public can click or paste the following Zoom meeting link into a web browser using a computer or smartphone. : https://zoom.us/j/95798484261. Or you can comment by phone: US: +1 253 215 8782 Webinar ID: 957 9848 4261
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The meeting will be streamed live on the Board Meeting webpage and broadcast on Comcast Channel 21 and Ziply Channel 39.