Update on Edmonds
Newsletter for Fall 2016

13707721 1111734582198177 843176460507743811 nLooking for an enriching experience for your teen between the ages of 14 - 18? The City of Edmonds Sister City Commission will send a delegation of up to 15 students, ages 14 – 18, to their Sister City of Hekinan, Japan, during the summer of 2017 in mid-July for two weeks. Then, in early August, a student delegation from Hekinan will visit the Edmonds area for two weeks.

These student exchanges are part of the mission of the Edmonds Sister City Commission which is “to promote international communication and understanding through exchanges of people, ideas, and culture” and they have been taking place for over 23 years.

While in Hekinan, the students will stay with host families. Students and their families will be financially responsible for their roundtrip airfare, as well as a portion of the cost for chaperones. Edmonds area students who are interested in participating are encouraged to visit the Commission’s webpage for an application packet and more information. Application deadline is Monday, February 13, 2017 by 4:30 pm. 

For an application packet please contact the Mayor's Office at 425.771.0247.

tsurumai park cherry blossom festival 8 hekinan compDo you love to travel? Have you every dreamed of traveling to Japan? If so, this opportunity is for you!

The Edmonds Sister City Commission is accepting applications from teachers/administrators interested in co-leading the annual student visit to Hekinan, Japan during the last two weeks of July 2017. This program was started in 1988 and has organized visits for over 500 middle and high school aged students to and from Hekinan, Japan. Chaperones stay with a host family in Hekinan and travel costs are paid by the Commission.

The 2016 delegation chaperones, Edmonds School District teachers Anita Kotik and Robert Allen, recently escorted eight Edmonds School District students on the trip. They express what a “fabulous opportunity this was to travel to Japan and experience the Japanese culture” and also talk about “building lasting relationships with many of the people in Hekinan”.

If you are interested in this wonderful international travel opportunity, you can get an application packet with information about Hekinan, background on the program, and a sample itinerary by: visiting the Sister City webpage at www.escc.edmondswa.gov and going to Exchange Programs; contacting Carolyn LaFave at 425.771.0247 / carolyn.lafave@edmondswa.gov; or going to Edmonds City Hall, 121 5th Avenue North, Edmonds (Monday – Friday from 8 am – 4:30 pm). 

Deadline for applications is Friday, January 13th.

HWY 99 flyerWhat do you envision for the future of Highway 99? Is it safer streets for pedestrians and vehicles? Would high-quality buildings or new places to shop and eat encourage you to visit the area more? Perhaps affordable housing options should be a priority? How can good businesses be retained? Over the past year, the City has been working to develop a Highway 99 area plan. This has included listening to people, looking at past studies, and analyzing the area.

Now the draft Highway 99 area plan is nearly ready and you are invited to an open house about it on Thursday, November 10. Come anytime between 6:00 and 8:00 pm. The location is the Swedish Edmonds Hospital, 21601 76th Ave W., Edmonds.

What will be at the Open House?
The Open House will feature visual displays and other information. City staff and its consultant team on this project will be available. Your input about the draft plan is welcome. The focus will be to:

·         Explore key elements of the Edmonds Highway 99 Subarea Plan including goals and priorities and implementation strategies and policies for future development and transportation improvements.
·         Look into the future and see visualizations of what life could be like in the Highway 99 area.
·         Hear what other community members have said during the planning process and offer your own feedback on key elements of the draft plan.

What is an Area Plan?
Area plans are detailed plans for a geographic area. They provide greater detail than the City’s Comprehensive Plan and serve to guide future development of an area by establishing land use goals and design guidelines consistent with the vision of the community.   The Highway 99 area plan will include proposals for short-term and long-term transportation improvements, with particular attention to walkability.

Where can I get more info and what’s next?
You may follow upcoming Highway 99 planning events here. Background information is available at: http://www.edmondswa.gov/2011-07-27-22-31-43/highway-99-planning-project.html.

After the November 10 Open House, any changes to the draft plan will be made and presented at public hearings. Adoption of a final Highway 99 Area Plan will be a decision for the City Council, probably in early 2017.

Highway 99 November 10th Open House flier

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