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Mill Creek City Council halts new East Gateway Urban Village development applications

In order to prevent what they feel to be unwanted uses of East Gateway Urban Village property, the Mill Creek City Council voted 6-0 (Councilmember Donna Michelson was not present) to adopt a six-month moratorium on all new development applications at their June 23, 2015, regular meeting.
A public hearing will be conducted in July to receive public comments. Photo credit: Lesley Van Winkle.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.

July 16, 2015, update.

The Mill Creek City Council has scheduled a public hearing to receive public comments on their East Gateway Urban Village binding site plan moratorium, which they put in place on June 23, 2015.

The public hearing will be at the beginning of the regular Mill Creek City Council meeting at Mill Creek City Hall on Tuesday, July 28th, at 6:00 pm.

According to Mill Creek’s public hearing notice, “Citizens have the right to present written and/or oral testimony at the hearing, or may submit comments, in writing to the City Clerk prior to the hearing concerning the moratorium.”

Written and oral testimony will become part of the public record.

Written comments should reference the appropriate subject and can be sent to:

City of Mill Creek
Attention: City Clerk Kelly Chelin
15728 Main Street
Mill Creek, WA 98012

Or by email to: Kelly Chelin, City Clerk.

Original June 28, 2015, article.

The Mill Creek City Council has initiated an economic feasibility study to help them understand whether or not changes to the East Gateway Urban Village design regulations are necessary “to ensure the remaining undeveloped properties are developed in accordance with the City’s vision.”

This effort will take approximately six months.

The Mill Creek City Council plans to review the East Gateway Urban Village Master Plan and zoning regulations during this period and may make revisions after their review.

In order to “preserve the status quo” so that their East Gateway Urban Village design regulation review “will not be rendered moot by intervening development applications vesting under the existing regulations,” the Mill Creek City Council voted 6-0 (Councilmember Donna Michelson was not present) to adopt a six-month moratorium on all applications for new development applications at their June 23, 2015, regular meeting.

City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto said that none of the East Gateway Urban Village’s approved development applications or developments are affected by this moratorium.

She also said the Vintage of Mill Creek mixed-use senior housing development application is “vested” and is proceeding through the approval process.

Washington State regulations allow the city to impose a development application moratorium without a pubic hearing as long as a public hearing is conducted within 60 days.

Mill Creek City Manager Polizzotto said that a public hearing will be scheduled in July in order to receive public comments on the moratorium.

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