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Ordinance Number

698 

Ordinance Subject

Adopting the University Place Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan

Date Adopted

11/20/2017 

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Ordinance

ORDINANCE NO. 698

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON, ADOPTING THE UNIVERSITY PLACE REGIONAL GROWTH CENTER SUBAREA PLAN

 

 

WHEREAS, VISION 2040, the long-range growth, economic and transportation strategy for King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap Counties, envisions a region composed of diverse economically and environmentally healthy communities framed by open space and connected by a high-quality, efficient transportation system; and

 

WHEREAS, a key goal of VISION 2040 is focusing development in urban growth areas, and directing an increased portion of regional jobs and housing growth that occurs within urban areas into regional growth centers; and

 

WHEREAS, based on City Council goals adopted in 2009-2010, the City sought Puget Sound Regional Council designation of a Regional Growth Center in University Place; and 

 

WHEREAS, on December 10, 2014 the Puget Sound Regional Council designated a 465-acre commercial, multifamily and mixed use area within University Place as a “Provisional Regional Growth Center”; and

 

WHEREAS, in order to obtain a non-provisional designation as a Regional Growth Center, the City was required to adopt a Subarea Plan for the Regional Growth Center within two years of provisional designation; and 

 

WHEREAS, in 2016 the Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board granted a one year extension for the City to submit an adopted Subarea Plan; and 

 

WHEREAS, the City Council adopted a 2015-2016 Council goal to develop a Subarea Plan for the Regional Growth Center; and

 

WHEREAS, on November 2, 2015 the City Council adopted Resolution 796 establishing the University Place Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee, to develop the project scope, conduct community outreach, develop a draft Subarea Plan and provide recommendations to the Planning Commission; and

 

WHEREAS, the Ad-Hoc Committee met at key milestones of the planning process and helped to develop the vision and guiding principles for the Regional Growth Center, as well as the Subarea Plan for land use and implementation actions; and

 

WHEREAS, the Ad-Hoc Committee supported community and stakeholder outreach during the planning process, including two separate series of community and stakeholder workshop sessions that were held in December 2016 and May 2017; and

 

WHEREAS, the Planning Commission held study sessions on September 6 and 20, 2017 to review the draft Subarea Plan and identify issues that might require further work before recommending the Subarea Plan to the City Council; and

 

WHEREAS, the City issued a Determination of Nonsignificance, Incorporation by Reference of Environmental Documents, and Adoption of Existing Environmental Documents on September 23, 2017 with a 14-day comment period ending October 6, 2017; and

 

WHEREAS, on September 23, 2017, the City published a Notice of Public Hearing in the Tacoma News Tribune for a Planning Commission public hearing to be held on October 4, 2017; and

 

WHEREAS, on October 4, 2017 the Planning Commission held a public hearing to consider public testimony and, after closing said hearing, recommended approval of the Draft University Place Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan based on the findings and conclusions provided in Planning Commission Resolution 2017-04; and

 

WHEREAS, the City Council held a study session on October 16, 2017 to discuss and provide comments on the Draft Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan; and

 

WHEREAS, the City Council held a public hearing on November 6, 2017 to take public testimony and, after closing said hearing, directed staff to prepare an ordinance for Subarea Plan adoption; and

 

WHEREAS, the University Place Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan divides the Center into three districts, namely the Town Center District, 27th Street Business District and the Northeast Mixed Use District, and

WHEREAS, the Subarea Plan proposes to strengthen the identity, character, and economic development opportunities within each of the three districts through a flexible framework of redevelopment that can be adapted to market conditions, and

 

WHEREAS, the Subarea Plan includes its own vision statement and guiding principles, consistent with the community’s vision and growth management policies as well as those of the region; and.

 

WHEREAS, the City Council finds the Subarea Plan anticipates the following benefits to the subarea, the larger community and the region overall:

 

·         Increased capacity to accommodate growth in population, housing, and employment, consistent with the region’s 2040 Vision and growth targets;

 

·         Enhancements to district and neighborhood character as areas redevelop over time;

 

·         Increases in the variety of housing and employment opportunities in the community, including housing affordable to a broad range of residents;

 

·         Improved economic vibrancy due to increased business opportunities;

 

·         Service and environmental benefits associated with infrastructure improvements, such as better storm water runoff management and treatment;

 

·         Better connectivity throughout the subarea and community as a result of multimodal transportation improvements and future implementation of express bus service connecting to the region’s high capacity transit system; and

 

·         Improved livability and health for residents, with more community amenities and services as the population grows including more opportunities to walk and bicycle, contributing to healthy, active lifestyles;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON, DO ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:

 

Section 1.   University Place Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan Adopted. The University Place Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan attached hereto as Exhibit A is adopted by reference.

 

            Section 2.   Severability. If any portion of this Ordinance or its application to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of the Ordinance or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected.

            Section 3.   Effective Date. This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect five (5) days after publication of the Ordinance Summary.

 

PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL ON NOVEMBER 20, 2017


                                                                       

___________________________________
Javier H. Figueroa, Mayor

 

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_____________________________

Emelita Genetia, City Clerk

 

APPROVED AS TO FORM:

 

 

_____________________________

Matthew S. Kaser, City Attorney

 

Date of Publication:  11/22/17

Effective Date:  11/27/17       

 

Council Minutes

Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20171120-0725 

OrdinanceID

Ordinance :698-19011128-698 
Attachments
698-Exhibit A.pdf    
Content Type: Ordinance
Created at 11/21/2017 8:28 AM  by Emelita Genetia 
Last modified at 12/5/2017 7:26 AM  by Emelita Genetia