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City Council ends discussion on residential density
SNOHOMISH - The discussion on whether to increase the residential density in the historic business district downtown has been dropped.
The City Council at its Oct. 15 meeting voted 6-0 to take no further action on both a specific request to increase the density downtown and on a separate broader discussion about density.
Both requests were part of several options to accommodate a property at 502 First Street, senior planner Owen Dennison said. This property was the “primary focus of the request.”
The planning commission studied the options in August and September and decided at its Sept. 4 meeting to recommend that the council take no further action.
The request to change the density in the historic business district came from Snohomish real estate developer Bob Hart.
Hart submitted plans both to the planning commission and to the council for a condominium building containing several small-unit dwellings. The building would have the feel of a “country inn,” he wrote in his proposal.
Hart had his eye set on a vacant lot on the east edge of First Street and Willow Street for his condominium project.
In order to accommodate his building plan, he wanted the density allowance for the area increased from 18 dwelling units per acre to 40.
The request was met with intense opposition from downtown residents.
Several members of the community showed up to meetings over the summer to voice their opposition.


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