Get involved in city planning

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  • Thursday, February 28, 2008 9:10am

The cities of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park want the public’s help in doing some long-term strategic planning. Here’s a chance to weigh-in and make a difference in how the cities develops.

Lake Forest Park wants help brainstorming ways to strengthen the city’s commercial areas and economic base. The city’s major shopping area, Towne Centre, is the primary commercial center for the community, along with a small strip of commercial areas along Ballinger Way and Bothell Way. The city is looking toward its economic future because forecasts show expenditures will outpace revenue in the next several years. One way to address that is by invigorating commercial development.

Lake Forest Park also wants to find ways to increase housing opportunities, including senior housing and affordable multi-family housing options.

City officials are organizing a citizens task force to work with consultants to come up with a strategic plan, and have set aside $60,000-$100,000 for research. The city wants this plan to look at the demographics, socioeconomic data, analyze strengths and threats to commercial development in Lake Forest Park and analyze existing regulations and identify incentives for redevelopment. Applications to serve on this task force are due by Sept. 26. Check out the city’s website for an application or more information.

Shoreline is also beginning a master planning process. The city wants help in identifying long-term goals for handling transportation issues, surface water management and parks and recreation goals. The city wants to create master plans for each of these categories and is asking for help identifying problem areas, suggesting solutions, and coming up with what the community’s top priorities should be.

This past week, Shoreline officials conducted two open-house forums about the master planning process. The city has set aside $500,000 for consultant help in creating the three master plans. Find out how you can get involved by visiting the city’s website at www. and go to the Master Plans web page to sign up for e-mail updates and public comment forms.

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