Public hearing on Lynnwood Place project to be continued next week

Lynnwood city logoThe public hearing on the Lynnwood Place project drew quite a crowd at the Lynnwood City Council meeting.

Proponents and those who have concerns about the plans for the redevelopment of the former Lynnwood High School property had their say before Mayor Don Gough and the city council on Feb. 11. With the meeting extending to past 10:30 p.m. due in part to the number of speakers, the council voted to continue the public hearing at 7 p.m., Feb. 19 before a regularly scheduled work session.

Among those who spoke were representatives of Costco, who will be one of the principal tenants of the proposed project, and Cypress Equitites, the developer of the project. Edmonds School District Superintendent Nick Brossoit and two school board members spoke in favor of the project. The Edmonds School District would be leasing the property to the developer.

Some members of the audience and the city council expressed concerns about the impact the project would have on traffic in the area, which is adjacent to the Alderwood mall.

Four applications involving the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning regulations currently are under consideration by the city council. The applications do not include decisions on the proposed site plan or building, but instead are limited to the land use policies and regulations that apply to the property.

This current process is known as “Cycle #1.” If approved by the city council, then the specific details for the property will be considered during a separate hearing process known as “Cycle #2.”

The four applications include amending the Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map designation from Public Facilities to Mixed Use; amending the text of the Comprehensive Plan’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Element to remove references to the former Lynnwood Athletic Complex; amending the development regulations of the Zoning Code’s Commercial-Residential zone; and amending the Zoning Map to change the property’s zoning from Public to Commercial-Residential.



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