The City Council is scheduled to hear a presentation by Lynnwood Economic Development Director David Kleitsch on establishing criteria for selecting projects for the planned City Center. Criteria will help guide resource allocation, grant funding opportunities and partnerships to achieve common goals.
In 2012, an interdepartmental City Center Work Group prepared proposed criteria to evaluate and prioritize projects. In 2012, and 2013, city staff met with City Center businesses, property owners, boards and commissions and the Public Facilities District to share the evaluation criteria and receive feedback. Based on the feedback, criteria has been prepared for the City Council’s review and feedback. Later, city staff will return to the City Council with a draft policy resolution.
Lynnwood Community Development Director Paul Krauss will talk about potential code amendments for mixed-use development in both the Planned Regional Shopping Center (PRC) zone and the Planned Commercial Development (PCD) zone.
The Alderwood Mall and some adjacent properties are zoned PRC. Other major commercial developments in the same area are zoned PCD. Mixed used development provides for commercial/office space and multifamily dwellings within the same building (as is planned in the nearby Lynnwood Place project). This type of development is already permitted by Code. The Code, however, has some requirements that discourage such projects.
One of the changes proposed is eliminating the requirement that floors above the ground floor contain a mix, including non-residential uses, such as offices. The first floor must still contain commercial uses. The second is to increase permitted lot coverage. The current regulation requires that parking be provided in large surface parking lots. Much of the parking in these type of developments tends to be underground or attached parking decks.
The City Council also will look at the draft development agreement for the Lynnwood Place Cycle 2 Phase 2 project, which has been prepared by the Edmonds School District, Cypress Lynnwood and City Staff. The City Council will have another opportunity to ask questions at the April 7 work session and a public hearing has been scheduled for April 14.
The City Council also will receive a briefing on the City of Lynnwood’s Branding efforts, which were adopted by the council in 2011.