FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 20 March 2017
Contact: Rob Chave, Planning Manager | email@example.com | 425.771.0220
EDMONDS PLANNING BOARD SEEKS NEW ALTERNATE MEMBER
(Edmonds - WA) The City of Edmonds is seeking a resident interested in participating on the Edmonds Planning Board. The Planning Board serves as an advisory board to the City Council on rezones, comprehensive planning, Community Development Code amendments, and other land use issues. The Planning Board meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m. in the Public Safety Complex. Volunteer board members serve for a four-year term and are eligible for re-appointment to a second four-year term. The alternate member attends all Board meetings, taking part in discussions and serving as a regular voting member when one of the regular seven members is absent. read more | application
Edmonds Diversity Commission to host "Your Voice Matters" - a Youth Forum on Diversity. Middler-Schoolers and High-Schoolers are invited to participate on Friday, March 17th 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the Plaza Room above the Edmonds Library. For more information click here
A Public Hearing on the Highway 99 Subarea Plan
will be held on February 21st. Project information can be found here
Fostering Global Citizenship ~ Students gain international understanding with exchange program
(Edmonds, WA) There is no better way to build international understanding than immersion in another culture. The Edmonds Sister City Commission provides students with a unique opportunity to experience the day to day life, language, and traditions of Japan through their annual exchange program. press release application packet
Edmonds Cemetery Board Seeks New Member to Fill Vacancy - Applications Accepted until February 24, 2017
The Edmonds Cemetery Board is seeking a new member to fill a vacancy. Do you have an interest in local history or genealogy? Do you appreciate the appearance of the Cemetery? Are you interested in helping, planning and participating in the annual Memorial Day Program, “Walk Back in Time” Cemetery Tour in July and the “Walk About” Veteran’s site tour in November? Would you like to help set policy and develop goals? If so, please consider becoming a member of the Cemetery Board. For more information, please see the Media Release or call Cynthia Cruz at 425.771.0231.
State Responds on Shoreline Master Program
The state Department of Ecology has responded by letter to the City Council about
proposed changes for updating its Shoreline Master Program. The response agrees with most of the
Council’s proposed changes but calls for a site-specific assessment to establish marsh buffers
prior to any future development in the Harbor Square area.
The City’s existing Shoreline Master Program (SMP), adopted in 2000, does not include any part of
the Harbor Square area, but the proposed SMP update does. Ecology had required the City to include
this change as part of the SMP update. However, as the update was being drafted, controversy arose
about the specific width of buffers to be required for the area when development occurs.
Until an updated SMP is approved and adopted, the 2000 shoreline plan applies. Ecology has asked
the City to respond by March 30 to its new letter.
The City Council is scheduled to discuss this issue at its January 24 meeting. In Ecology’s
letter, two options are offered for providing a more site-specific approach and a scientific study
for the Urban IV Mixed Use Area, which includes Harbor Square. Agency staff have noted that the
City could choose either of these options or some combination that achieves similar results.
The proposed SMP addresses shoreline areas in Edmonds that extend 5.2 miles along the Puget Sound
and also adjacent to Lake Ballinger. It uses updated scientific information to set requirements for
future shoreline activities. Development in all shoreline areas would be subject to newer
regulations, including for shorelines, environment, and stormwater. A copy of Ecology's letter is at this link.
WWU Students pitch year-round seasonal events campaign to promote fourth avenue arts corridor: Student Public Relations Project Part of Sustainable Cities Partnership Between Edmonds, Western Washington University, and Association of Washington Cities
(Edmonds, WA) – The 4th Avenue Arts Corridor in downtown Edmonds has the potential to become a year-round hub of cultural events and festivities that highlight the Edmonds arts community, according to a plan created by Public Relations students at Western Washington University. Those students presented a winning proposal to City staff to help promote the downtown Arts Corridor through a series of seasonal events and festivities on 4th Avenue North under the theme of “Art for Everyone.”
For the full Media Release, click here
Public Invited to Annual Event at 8:30am Thursday, February 9th, at Edmonds Theater
(Edmonds, WA) - Mayor Dave Earling invites the public to join him in reflecting on both the accomplishments and challenges of 2016 and looking ahead to the City’s hopes and plans for 2017 during his annual State of the City Address at 8:30 am on Thursday, February 9th at the Edmonds Theater at 415 Main Street. Mayor Earling will discuss the successes and challenges of the past year, projects and goals for the new year, and long-term strategies for 2017 and beyond. Opening remarks will be provided by Janelle Milodragovich, of Ten Gun Design and Greg Hoff, Windermere Real Estate/Edmonds. read more | view flier
Student Research Project Part of Sustainable Cities Partnership Between Edmonds, Western Washington University, and Association of Washington Cities (Edmonds, WA) – The public is invited to attend a presentation from Western Washington University students who have been studying restoration efforts and issues at Edmonds Marsh as part of the 2016-2017 Sustainable Cities Partnership (SCP) between the City of Edmonds, WWU and the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). Students from WWU’s Restoration Ecology course will present their research on Friday, January 13th, from 2-4pm in the Brackett Room at City Hall and make recommendations to address current challenges affecting Edmonds Marsh. read more
– Edmonds resident and UW graduate, Michelle Rockstead, has been appointed Assistant Language Teacher
(ALT) by the Hekinan Board of Education in association with the Edmonds Sister City Commission. As an ALT, Michelle will be responsible for teaching English to students at five middle schools in Hekinan, Japan. She wants to use this opportunity to “cultivate the kids’ interest in building strong relationships with people from different parts of the world”. read more
Days before an Important Federal Grant Deadline, Mayor’s In-Person Visits Intended to Help Pave the Way for Potential Federal Funding (Edmonds, WA) -
Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling, together with Public Works Director Phil Williams and Economic Development Director Patrick Doherty, traveled to Washington, DC, last week to meet in person with members of the region’s Congressional delegation, as well as key staff from the US Department of Transportation (USDOT). read more