Fall 2017 Community Connection
C ommunity C onnection
Issue 92 Autumn 2017
Help Shape the Future of Sumner:YourThoughts & Feedback Needed
Why aren’t there more apartments in Sumner? What kinds of businesses are allowed to go on the inter- changes? If you’ve ever asked these kinds of questions, even to yourself, you need to come to the Future of Sumner Open
House on Thursday, October 5 at the Sumner Senior Center. With this evening’s event, you will be able to engage in interactive exhibits to provide feedback on a number of fu- ture plans for Sumner. Take a look at what’s on the “menu”:
Future of Sumner Open House October 5 5:30-8 pm Sumner Senior Center
featuring interactive exhibits & feedback
Parks & Trail Plan Provide input about what is needed at specific parks or in the entire system in the next 20 years. Spray park? Dog park? East-west trail? This is the time to dream big. MA-1: 24th Street Interchange – Interchange Commercial to Light Industrial The City received a request to designate three parcels west of 136th Avenue East and South of 24th Street East as light industrial. Currently, it’s zoned for commercial. MA-2: Filbert Acres – Low Density Residential-2 to Low Density Residential-3 and Medium Density Residential The City received a proposal to designate approximately 18.32 acres to accommodate more units per acre for a housing development. MA-3: Elm Street Division – Low Density Residential-1 to Medium Density Residential The City received a proposal to change zoning of approximately 2.78 acres north of Elm Street to allow for a duplex development. TA-1: Old Branks BBQ Text Amendment The City received a proposal to specifically accommodate a future Mixed-Use Development including increased density (from 25 to 100-160 du/ac) and height (from 35 to 55 feet) on the former Branks site on Main Street. TA-2: Town Center Plan Text and Map Amendment This amendment would update the 2005 Town Center Plan with alternatives to promote com- mercial and residential development, specifically west of Traffic and Fryar Avenues. The proposal includes changes to the boundary, height, and up zoning areas within the Center.
Locations shown in green boxes of proposed changes listed at left.
An Attempt to Curb Parking Almost as soon as the car was invented, people became
concerned with where to park it. As in most places, parking remains an issue in Sum- ner. The City is trying to balance the ever- growing commuter demand for parking with protecting Sumner from becoming one giant lot that’s full every weekday. The Red Apple Lot now joins the Station Lane lot as reserved permit parking for the public. This pulls commuter cars off streets
Would something like these buildings in Issaquah be okay in Sumner’s Town Cen- ter? Tell us your thoughts on October 5.
and generates some revenue to pay for cleanup of the Red Ap- ple site. In addition, the City Council is looking at overhauling the Restricted Parking Zones (RPZ), replacing the previous piece-meal process with a comprehensive zone in neighbor- hoods within ⅔ mile of the station. RPZs require homeown- ers to use a sticker to park unlimited while others are limited to three hours. Watch your mail this fall for more information on the RPZ parking process if you live in this area.
No matter how tempting, please don’t blow or rake leaves into the street. It is prohibited as a nuisance in City Code 8.16.030.18. It also clogs the street sweep- er, making it harder to keep our streets clean. Use your Don’t Blow It!
City Offering a Deal to HelpYou with Sidewalks
One of the oldest City codes is the requirement that prop- erty owners build and maintain their own sidewalks. Yet, over the years, rules for accessibility changed, homes got annexed into the city, and older sections started to crumble. The City of Sumner tries to help by getting grant funding through Complete Streets or Safe Routes to Schools, but the rules for those are very specific and only apply to some parts of town. What about the rest of the town? We’ve got a deal for you: The Deal: The City Council set aside funds for a Voluntary Sidewalk Program through which the City will pay at least 50% of the total cost, if not more, to fill in/fix sidewalks. Participating property owners will pay the remaining portion. Who Can Participate • Owners of developed residential property within Sumner • Property with right-of-way already dedicated to the City • Property that does not have plans of future development.
• Property that is missing sidewalk or has failing/heavily damaged sidewalk along the street(s). If you’re not sure, contact us to check. We’ll help you under- stand where you are in the process and what your options are. How to Participate Starting October 1, go online at www.sumnerwa.gov for more details and an application. Return completed applica- tion to City Hall by December 31, 2017. Because funding is limited, applications will be ranked with priority given to areas missing sections of sidewalk or with failing/heavily damaged sidewalks that already have curb and gutter. The City will contact applicants to confirm whether or not your applica- tion was selected. If selected, payment is due by February 28, 2018.
yard waste bins or compost instead. Thank you!
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