City center parks question pushed back to late May

  • Jenny Lynn Zappala<br>Enterprise writer
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 11:32am

LYNNWOOD — A public hearing about zoning for parks in the Lynnwood city center area will continue on Thursday, May 25, the Lynnwood Planning Commission decided last week.

The commission made the decision in part because only two people testified at the May 11 hearing, according to city staff.

The hearing is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25, in the council chambers at Lynnwood City Hall. The planning commission could make a recommendation about the zoning as early as that evening.

The planning commission is considering a zoning map that would allow taller, denser development in a roughly 300-acre area known as city center. The area is located roughly northwest of I-5, east of 46th Avenue and south of 194th Street.

The question is how to reserve space for future parks, which have yet to be determined or funded.

Earlier this month, the planning commission reviewed, but did not recommend one of the first two options. At the council’s request, the commission is considering a third option, which is the focus of the May 25 hearing.

The options are:

• Keep existing zoning at four sites within the city center area as potential parks.

• Apply the new city center zoning to all properties and work individually with landowners and developers until a parks master plan can be adopted, perhaps later this year.

• Apply public/semi public zoning — commonly used for parks, plazas, schools and government buildings — to the four park sites.

The Lynnwood City Council is scheduled to consider the matter on Tuesday, May 30, and could vote that night. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the council chambers at Lynnwood City Hall.

For information about city center, zoning map or related issues, contact Kevin Garrettor at 425-670-6292 or

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