Lynnwood City Council passes 2015 Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code amendments

The Lynnwood City Council unanimously approved the 2015 Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code amendments during Monday’s business meeting.

The Comp Plan included an amendment (underlined) that was in response to Council Vice President Ian Cotton that clarified and emphasized the City’s intent regarding wayfinding between parks and other community resources.

Policy CC-10.3 reads: Develop a public signage and wayfinding system that supports safe and efficient transportation and reinforces the branding and identity of Lynnwood. The signage and wayfinding system should facilitate non-motorized as well as motorized transportation and promote awareness of, and access to, public parks and other public facilities.

The passage of the Comp Plan means that the City has met the State’s deadline of completing the update by June 2015.

The approved amendments to the Zoning Code corrected several nonsubstantive errors/inconsistencies and procedures within the Zoning Code. The amendments do not create new regulations, City staff said.

The Council also unanimously approved a Utility System Revenue Bond sale. The 2014-19 Utility Rate Study adopted in the 2013 anticipated that the City would sell bonds for the City’s Utility System capital improvements. City staff is reviewing whether to implement a single bond sale or implement two separate bond sales. This will depend on market conditions and cost factors refined prior to the date of the sale, currently planned for the middle of July 2015.

The Council and Mayor Nicola Smith proclaimed that July is Park and Recreation Month and encouraged all citizens to participate and support the many recreational programs and facilities provided by public and private agencies.

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