ORDINANCE NO. 740
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON, AMENDING THE UNIVERSITY PLACE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, BY AMENDING THE INTRODUCTION CHAPTER, AND THE COMMUNITY CHARACTER, LAND USE, HOUSING, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, TRANSPORTATION, CAPITAL FACILITIES, ELEMENTS, AND AMENDING THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN MAP, ALL TO IMPLEMENT THE REGIONAL GROWTH CENTER SUBAREA PLAN
WHEREAS, in enacting the Growth Management Act (Chapter 36.70A RCW, hereafter GMA) the Legislature found that "uncoordinated and unplanned growth, together with a lack of common goals expressing the public's interest in the conservation and the wise use of our lands, pose a threat to the environment, sustainable economic development, and the health, safety, and high quality of life enjoyed by residents of this state"; and
WHEREAS, VISION 2050, 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 2050 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 a City Council goal 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, multi-family and mixed-use area within University Place as a “Provisional Regional Growth Center” pending the development and adoption of a Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan; and
WHEREAS, on November 20, 2017 the City Council adopted the University Place Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan pursuant to Ordinance No. 698; and
WHEREAS, on July 26, 2018 the Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board approved the University Place Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan, finalizing the designation of the University Place Regional Growth Center; and
WHEREAS, the Subarea Plan includes an action plan that needs to be completed to fully implement the Plan. These actions include, but are not limited to, the preparation of:
(1) Comprehensive Plan map and text amendments to align with the Subarea Plan’s proposed zoning categories of Mixed Use Residential and Employment Mixed Use (MUR-35, MUR-45, MUR-75, and EMU-75);
(2) Zoning map and text amendments to replace multiple existing classifications (MU, MU-O, CC, NC, TC and LI-BP) with the MUR and EMU classifications and;
(3) Additional zoning code amendments to support the desired form of redevelopment/ development under the new classifications. These may include revisions to the use tables in the Zoning Code to realign them with the new zoning classifications, and the development of a set of common design standards; and
WHEREAS, the City Council established and appointed the Planning Commission to advise the City Council on the following topics: growth management; general land use and transportation planning; long range capital improvement plans; and other matters as directed by the City Council; and
WHEREAS, the Planning Commission is charged with holding hearings on and developing a Comprehensive Plan for the City and making recommendations to the City Council on amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, the zoning code and map, and other development regulations of the City; and
WHEREAS, in 2018 and early 2019 the Planning Commission reviewed and recommended amendments to the Comprehensive Plan for consistency with the Subarea Plan. Those proposed amendments were put on hold, while the Planning Commission and City Council considered zoning code amendments that will implement the Subarea Plan and ensure consistency between the Plan and regulations before adopting the amendments together; and
WHEREAS, the Planning Commission resumed its meetings on Comprehensive Plan amendments in the fourth quarter of 2020, once recommended amendment to the Zoning Code were forwarded to the City Council; and
WHEREAS, on September 29, 2020 the City published a Notice of Public Hearing in the Tacoma News Tribune for a Planning Commission public hearing to be held on October 7, 2020; and
WHEREAS, on October 7, 2020 the Planning Commission held a public hearing to consider public testimony and, after closing said hearing, recommended approval of Comprehensive Plan Amendments to implement the University Place Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan; and
WHEREAS, on October 21, 2020 the Planning Commission considered the approval criteria listed in UPMC 16.10.090 and voted unanimously to recommend to the City Council approval of the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments with minor revisions in Planning Commission Resolution 2020-0002; and
WHEREAS, the City issued a SEPA Determination of Non-significance/ Incorporation by Reference of Environmental Documents/Adoption of Existing Document/Addendum to Existing Environmental Document pertaining to Draft Comprehensive Plan Amendments on September 30, 2020 with a 14-day comment period, and no adverse comments were received; and
WHEREAS, the City submitted a Notice of Intent to Adopt to the Washington State Department of Commerce on October 2, 2020 which was issued to state agencies for a 60-day comment period ending December 2, 2020 as required pursuant to RCW 36A.70 RCW; and
WHEREAS, the City Council considered the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments at a study session on November 2, 2020 and directed staff to prepare to hold a public hearing before the City Council on the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment; and
WHEREAS, the City Council conducted a public hearing on the revised Draft Comprehensive Plan Amendments on December 7, 2020 to consider public comment and further revisions recommended by staff in response to agency comments received; and
WHEREAS, the City Council has considered the approval criteria listed in UPMC 16.10.090 and adopted the following findings in support of the Draft Comprehensive Plan Amendments:
1. The proposed amendments will serve to implement the University Place Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan in a manner consistent with community aspirations and state, regional and county policy directives;
2. The proposed amendments will support an increase in the capacity of the City and its service providers to provide adequate services to the community consistent with the need to accommodate increasing population, housing and employment associated with development of the City’s Regional Growth Center and other growth;
3. The proposed Comprehensive Plan map amendments are largely land use designation name changes and will not redirect the type or intensity of development in significant ways that will prove to be incompatible with surrounding properties;
4. The proposed amendments reflect, and respond to, changes that have occurred in University Place and the surrounding area since adoption of the 2004 Comprehensive Plan in a manner that is compatible with, and will not be inconsistent with, plans for adjacent jurisdictions. More specifically, the proposed amendments are intended to ensure that community character, land use, housing, transportation, environmental management, utilities, capital facilities, and park, recreation and open space elements and plans reflect these and other changing conditions in the community;
5. The proposed amendments will ensure consistency between the Comprehensive Plan and the Growth Management Act Chapter 36.70A RCW, the Puget Sound Regional Council VISION 2040 Growth Strategy, the Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies, and the University Place Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan; and
6. The proposed amendments address future projections, are consistent with University Place citizens’ vision for the future, and will advance the public interest; and
WHEREAS, the City Council will take separate action to approve amendments to the City’s development regulations for consistency with and implement the Comprehensive Plan.
NOW THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON, DO ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. University Place Comprehensive Plan Introduction Chapter and Community Character, Land Use, Housing, Environmental Management, Transportation and Capital Facilities Elements Adopted. The City of University Place Comprehensive Plan text, adopted by reference pursuant to UPMC Section 16.05.010, is hereby amended as indicated in Exhibit “A” attached.
Section 2. University Place Comprehensive Plan Map Amendments Adopted. The University Place Comprehensive Plan Map, adopted pursuant to UPMC Section 16.05.020, is hereby amended as shown on Exhibit “B” attached.
Section 3. Severability. If any section, sentence, clause or phrase of this Title shall be held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect the validity or constitutionality of any other section, sentence, clause or phrase of this Title.
Section 4. Publication and Effective Date. A summary of this ordinance, consisting of its title, shall be published in the official newspaper of the City. This ordinance shall be effective five (5) days after its publication.
PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL ON DECEMBER 7, 2020.
Caroline Belleci, Mayor
Emelita J. Genetia, City Clerk
APPROVED AS TO FORM:
Matthew S. Kaser, City Attorney
Publication Date: 12/09/20
Effective Date: 12/14/20