The Lynnwood City Council has scheduled public hearings on the Lynnwood Place Project Cycle 2 Phase 2 and on the city’s proposal to lift some restrictions on banner signs for businesses at its 7 p.m. Monday meeting in the City Council Chambers.
Lynnwood Place Project Cycle 2 Phase 2 (old Lynnwood High School site) includes site preparation; road and utility infrastructure construction; and development of the mixed-use commercial and residential development.
The applicant has provided conceptual development plans and design guidelines for the Lynnwood Place Cycle 2 Phase 2 that indicate the land uses and construction that are planned. The construction of the mixed-use components of the Lynnwood Place Project will be undertaken in phases pursuant to the terms and conditions of the development agreement and the design guidelines.
The City is undertaking the reconstruction of the city;s Sewer Utility’s Lift Stations Nos. 4 and 8 as a utility system improvement. These facilities will provide additional capacity to address the requirements of future development. Cypress Lynnwood will pay to the City the amount of $432,213 as a capacity charge towards the total cost of these sanitary sewer improvements.
Sustainability is focused on the building shell and core for both the commercial and residential uses. Sustainability requirements for commercial tenant spaces has been removed due to the transitional nature of these uses. Due to the mix-use nature of the project, a parking reduction has been reviewed and proposed.
The second public hearing is on city staff’s proposal to lift some restrictions on banner signs for businesses.
Current regulations prohibit the display of banner signs by businesses, except in conjunction with a Special Event Permit. The proposed regulations would add provisions for commercial banners to the Sign Code.
The proposed changes would allow banners in three instances. There are three proposed timeframes for the display of a single commercial banner.
- Prior to a business grand opening (maximum term 30 days).
- Business grand opening (maximum term 45 days)
- Periodic (ongoing): Up to two displays per year for a maximum term of 30 days with a minimum interval between displays of 30 days.
The size of the banners would be proportionate to the physical size of the business. Most cities allow the display of banners one or more times a year, according to city staff. Jurisdictions usually place limits on the display.
The draft regulations were recommended by the Planning Commission, which conducted a public hearing on April 24, 2013.