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Public hearing on East Gateway Urban Village zoning changes

On September 20th, Mill Creek’s Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing regarding proposed changes to the East Gateway Urban Village zoning.
Location of East Gateway Urban Village

On September 20th, Mill Creek’s Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing regarding proposed changes to the East Gateway Urban Village zoning to allow larger stores such as Target to be built there. Some of these changes have been in the planning stages since April of 2011.

Acting City Manager, Tom Gathmann, said that the City is in detailed discussions with Target for development of the west end of the East Gateway Urban Village in the July 3rd City Council meeting.

As was reported earlier, Polygon NW’s binding site plan for the development of the east end of the East Gateway Urban Village is now being reviewed.

As well, a 24,000 square foot two-story medical/office building including a parking lot, landscaping, and a plaza is now under construction.

The City is counting on commercial development in the East Gateway Urban Village to help reduce a projected budget deficit. A large anchor store would greatly enhance the economic potential of this new shopping, office, and residential complex.

Mill Creek’s Community Development Department is proposing several amendments to the Mill Creek Municipal Code Chapter 17.19, East Gateway Urban Village Zone District and the East Gateway Urban Village Design Guidelines as follows:

  • Allow multifamily residential uses only above commercial uses, in the area west of 44th Avenue SE;
  • Eliminate the maximum 60,000 square foot ground floor area restriction for a single commercial building footprint;
  • Eliminate the minimum 400 dwelling unit requirement; and
  • Revise language to clarify Design Guidelines in regard to residential units in mixed-use buildings.

The East Gateway Urban Village is a planned shopping and residential center in the northeast corner of Mill Creek east of 35th Avenue SE, south of 132nd Street SE, and west of Seattle Hill Road. The vision is to have a Town Center-like development with a mix of professional office, retail shopping, and residential units on land that is now essentially undeveloped.

More information regarding the East Gateway Urban Village can be found here: East Gateway Urban Village frequently asked questions.

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