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Posted on: October 23, 2019

Planning Commission Work Plan & Upcoming Meeting Schedule during Town Center Development Moratorium

In his recent email to the City Council after the moratorium was enacted, Planning Commission Chair Joel Paisner said: “We know the city faces important decisions regarding the Town Center, and we want to help our town reach consensus on the scope and scale of possible redevelopment. We also want to keep in mind the special character of Lake Forest Park that has drawn us here, and keeps us here.” The Planning Commission will review and provide a set of recommendations to Council for its consideration to revise city codes in the following areas:

  1. Siting/Design Guidelines for a Parking Garage facility - This is a very high priority, since Sound Transit is moving ahead rapidly.
  2. Development Agreement Process - Public input is a necessary component before a final agreement can be reached.
  3. Open Space - Address both outdoor and indoor open space requirements and provide recommendations on how Third Place Commons can be preserved in any redevelopment scenario.
  4. Pedestrian Access in the Town Center - Evaluate and provide recommendations regarding this important aspect of any redevelopment.
  5. Density - Recommend a density for Town Center that is appropriate to the site.

The Commission will be reviewing draft code addressing each of the priorities above and that draft language, as amended by the Planning Commission, will then be forwarded to the Council for consideration. In an effort to get that recommended draft language to Council in a timely manner, the Commission will meet twice a month through the end of the year. Commission meetings are scheduled for the following dates and will all start at 7:00 p.m.

  • October 28, 2019 - Monday
  • November 12, 2019 - Tuesday
  • November 18, 2019 - Monday
  • December 3, 2019 - Tuesday
  • December 17, 2019 - Tuesday

Please see the Town Center Process page for additional information regarding agendas and meeting materials (

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