Lynnwood City Council approves Essential Public Facilities amendment, Planned Unit Development

great dealThe Lynnwood City Council unanimously passed an amendment on Essential Public Facilities (EPF) and approved the Clare Planned Unit Development during Monday’s meeting.

The EPF amendment reinforced the City’s compliance with the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) and facilitates public participation and City decision-making when EPFs are proposed in Lynnwood, according to City staff.

The State Municipal Research and Services Center described Essential Public Facilities as those facilities that are typically difficult to site, such as airports, state education facilities and state or regional transportation facilities, state and local correctional facilities, solid waste handling facilities, and inpatient facilities including substance abuse facilities, mental health facilities, group homes, and secure community transition facilities.

City staff noted that communities cannot deny EPF by law but that cities can evaluate their impact and require appropriate mitigation. EPF can be subject to review. The amendment brings the city into compliance with state law, City staff said.

“I’m very pleased that (Community Development) director (Paul) Krauss and his staff have crafted an ordinance that gives the citizens of Lynnwood a way to have a voice in the siting of such a Public Facility. I think it’s important to remember that, as director Krauss said, we are not able to reject out of hand the siting of Essential Public Facilities, but we do want to have the voices of our citizens heard on this matter, so the interests of our citizens, the interests of our City can be protected in the process.”

The Council also unanimously approved the final plat for the Clare Planned Unit Development, a subdivision of a 1.16 acre parcel into six single-family lots, located at 4620 210th Street SW (4620 209th Street SW).

The Council approved the appointment of Jim Kelley as the City’s new Information Technology Director. 

Councilmember Van AuBuchon abstained during the vote because he said he was not pleased with the hiring process. AuBuchon said that the process wasn’t as open and transparent as it should be. He emphasized his vote was not because of any concerns with Kelley. Later, AuBuchon and City Council President Loren Simmons agreed the City’s hiring process would be brought back to the City Council for discussion.

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