Town Center Subarea Plan Update Process

2018 Recap
Task Force: On April 2, 2018, the City Council appointed 11 individuals to serve on the Economic Vitality & Town Center (EV&TC) Task Force to prepare recommendations related to updating the 2007 Town Center Plan (amended in 2009) as well as the City’s Economic Vitality Strategy and related development codes and standards. The Task Force included two liaisons each from City Council and Planning Commission.

Beginning in April of 2018, the EV&TC Task Force hosted 11 public meetings, two open houses and a public Economic Opportunities Panel Discussion meeting; conducted an in-person visual preference survey (included those attending the meeting) and an opportunity to add comments from the City Council. The chair invited public comment at the conclusion of each EV&TC Task Force meeting.

Economic Opportunities Forum: To broaden the discussion and better position Mountlake Terrace for future economic investment, a panel of individuals with backgrounds in commercial real estate, urban architecture and design, real estate development and investment were invited to participate in a July 12, 2018 Economic Opportunities Forum discussion about factors that influence why/where development happens.

Joint City Council/Planning Commission Special Meeting: On December 17, 2018 the City Council held a special joint meeting with the Task Force and Planning Commission at the Mountlake Terrace Library to discuss the Task Force’s recommended draft Town Center Subarea Plan. A presentation was given, similar to the one during a December 4, 2018 open house/workshop. Staff and the project consultant outlined the next steps in the overall update process. Following the presentation, the City Council and Planning Commission liaisons to the EV&TC Task Force spoke about the overall process from their perspective.

Planning Commission: The Planning Commission began review and consideration of the Task Force’s recommended draft Town Center Subarea Plan on January 14, 2019. The Commission met 11 times in 2019 and held a public hearing on July 10, 2019 (meeting #10). Following deliberation during the July 16, 2019 meeting (meeting #11), the Commission moved to recommend the following to City Council: 

  1. Amended Task Force recommended Town Center Subarea Plan
  2. New Town Center Zoning Chapter 19.50 (Mountlake Terrace Municipal Code MTMC)
  3. New Town Center Design Standards Chapter 19.123 (MTMC),
  4. Amended Economic Vitality Element
  5. Designation of approximately 1.3 acres of property located on 62nd Avenue W from Urban Residential Low (URL) to Park and Open Space (POS) (Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment) and as Recreation and Park District (REC) on the Official Zoning Map.   The re-designation and rezoning of this property will allow for future park/open space use.   

To view all materials presented during the Task Force and Planning Commission meetings, click here. NOTE: All hyperlinked dates below will connect to documents specifically related to that meeting.

City Council: More than a dozen community members attended a July 22, 2019 special City Council meeting to hear an introduction on the draft Town Center Subarea Plan and 2018 Comprehensive Plan Amendments and the recommendation from the Planning Commission on July 16, 2019. The Council emphasized the desire to receive further community input on the Plan and encouraged the public to contact the city with questions.

The City Council and Planning Commission held a joint work/study session on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on August 1, 2019, with a public hearing on August 5, 2019. A presentation was provided by Berk Consulting at both meetings. See Environmental Review Section below.

An overview of the Planning Commission’s recommendation was presented to the City Council on August 15, 2019 and a continued discussion on the recommendation took place during an August 19, 2019 City Council meeting.  NOTE: All hyperlinked dates listed above and below will connect to documents specifically related to that meeting.

Monday, August 26, 2019City Council Walking Tour of Town Center.  

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Interim City Hall

Get Information on the Plan: Your input is important. You may either attend a meeting and provide public comment, write a letter to the City Council or email

Coffee with the CityResidents, business owners and interested parties are invited to join city officials for a cup of coffee and hear first-hand what's happening in the city. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, provide input on city services or just listen to the conversation. These events take place on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Recreation Pavilion in the Jungle Room. 

Past Opportunities to Get Information 

  • The city had a booth at the Tour de Terrace street fair on Saturday, July 27 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. where the community could ask questions.
  • National Night Out Against Crime event was held on Tuesday, August 6 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Evergreen Playfield. Staff was present to respond to resident questions and comments.
  • Coffee with the City on August 14 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Town Center Map Recommended by Town Center Task Force (Click on Map to Enlarge)

Town Center Area Map Recommended by Town Center Task Force

Town Center Map Recommended by Planning Commission (Click on Map to Enlarge)

Town Center Map Recommended by Planning Commission

Environmental Review
Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement: Mountlake Terrace issued a Draft SEIS for the Town Center Subarea Planned Action Ordinance and associated implementation ordinances on July 19, 2019. The SEIS will supplement the Mountlake Terrace Town Center Planned Action and Zoning Regulations Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS), published in August 2007, and the Town Center Planned Action Final EIS Addendum, published in April 2013. The 30-day public comment period, from July 19-August 19, ended on Monday, August 19, 2019. A written response to all comments will be prepared and published.

Upcoming Meetings
Thursday, September 12, 2019 - City Council Work/Study Session, 7:00 p.m., Interim City Hall

Monday, September 16, 2019 - City Council Public Hearing (tentative) , 7:00 p.m., Interim City Hall

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - City Council Special Meeting (City Council Discussion, Direction and Adoption - tentative), 7:00 p.m., Interim City Hall

Additional meetings, if needed, will be posted.

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