Waterfront vote scheduled for Jan. 9
EVERETT - The city is now accepting comments on the proposed zoning for the Central Waterfront Planning Area through Wednesday, Jan. 9.
City Council President Ron Gipson extended the public comment timeline for the site, which includes the former Kimberly-Clark mill, because of its importance to the city.
A public hearing and council vote on the proposed zoning for the approximately 92-acre site will be Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the council’s regularly scheduled 6:30 p.m. meeting.
The recommended zoning allows for most types of industrial manufacturing. There were four proposed development options including one that called for an upscale business park and another that allowed for unrestricted heavy manufacturing.
The council has a development moratorium on the site until it determines how to rezone the area. The moratorium was put in place shortly after Kimberly-Clark announced its shut down.
Councilwoman Brenda Stonecipher is the only council member to publicly speak out on the recommended zoning alternative. She prefers the zoning alternative that allows light industrial manufacturing or a business park.
Stonecipher argues an economic analysis done for the city shows the business park alternative would create higher-paying jobs than the other alternatives while also avoiding once again polluting the site that would happen if heavy industry is allowed.
The site is attractive to industrial companies for its deep-water port and railroad connections. Officials have said the site is one of the most unique development sites available on the West Coast.
Among the site’s potential buyers, the Port of Everett is the only publicly known suitor to be interested. Kimberly-Clark’s real estate representatives have said most of the potential buyers they’re talking with want the deep-water port and railroad access.
People can comment at the Jan. 9 council meeting or send written comments to the planning department, 2930 Wetmore Ave. Suite 8A, Everett, WA 98201. People may also e-mail comments to planners Mary Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim Hanson at email@example.com.
More information on the planning area and relevant documents are online at the city’s website, www.everettwa.org. The council meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at council chambers, 3002 Wetmore Ave.
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