Land Use CommitteeCouncil Present:
November 10, 2010
7:00 – 8:10 a.m.
Chair, Cynthia Pratt, Virgil Clarkson, Tom Nelson
Greg Cuoio, Scott Spence, Rick Walk, Dave Burns, Troy Woo, Carol Litten Mayor Nelson moved to approve the agenda. Deputy Mayor Clarkson seconded. Motion carried. Amendment to Flood Hazard Prevention Ordinance
Rick Walk, Community Development Director, briefed the Committee on new Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (FEMA) requirements for regulation of flood hazard areas. New guidelines require local governments to consider critical habitat area and application of buffers to water bodies. FEMA provided local jurisdictions with three methods for compliance. These methods include adoption of its new model ordinance, demonstration of meeting new requirements, and individual review of each permit for compliance on every request in areas of flood hazard.
Dave Burns, Principal Planner, stated the City proposes using existing Growth Management Act (GMA) regulations, new Shoreline Master Program requirements in protection of riparian habitat in shoreline resources, and amending its local ordinance to comply with FEMA objectives.
The Planning Commission will review the City’s local flood hazard protection ordinance and recommend amendments to Council. A draft proposal prohibits development in flood plain areas with a few exemptions. It would allow expansion or remodel of a structure where the footprint is not expanded, and no additional property is covered with impervious surface.
Dave noted that the total area of Lacey’s flood plain is decreasing. He added that Lacey has a strong history of wetland protection, and the change to Lacey’s ordinance should be minimal. Bicycle Parking Update
Rick Walk, Community Development Director, commented on a letter received by a citizen concerned about the lack of bicycle parking adjacent to Costco in the Lacey Marketplace parking lot.
He stated the City’s bicycle parking standards require one bicycle space for every twenty parking stalls. In this situation, not enough stalls were included during the development phase of this project. Rick reported he has contacted the site manager of Western Development who manages the properties, and two more bicycle racks will be added. Each rack holds ten bicycles. Councilmember Cynthia Pratt noted that the citizen who raised the issue was concerned about securing a tricycle. Rick acknowledged that it could be more challenging to secure a three-wheeled cycle in a standard bicycle stall. One-Year Assessment of Land Use Committee
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, noted that when this committee was formed in January 2010, it was agreed that the purpose of the Committee would be reassessed after a one-year period to determine if it should continue. He noted that as of November of this year, the Land Use Committee has met seven times and discussed 16 topics.
Committee members discussed the pros and cons of continuing the Committee. It was noted that work still continues on the City’s comprehensive plans and it makes sense to continue meeting as a Land Use Committee until that work is completed in 2013. Non-Conforming Signs
Rick Walk, Community Development Director, briefed the Committee on staff’s recent inventory of non-conforming signs in the City. There are 103 non-conforming signs primarily in the Woodland District, which is the older area of the City. Signs include billboards, non-monument signs, and electronic message boards. He stated that Planning Commission members will develop a plan to consider a timeframe, notification process, and public comment.
The City’s current ordinance provides a grant program up to $3,000 for replacing non-conforming signs. One option would be to issue a 5-year amortization notice instead of funding grants.
If businesses do not comply, they risk enforcement and court actions through the City’s code enforcement notification. Rick noted that some reader board signs, such as those used by schools and the fire district are exempt.
It would be useful for Council to know how much signs cost when considering changes to the non-conforming sign ordinance. Staff will research this information.
Rick stated that businesses in areas that would be annexed would be allowed ten years to comply with the City’s sign ordinance. Staff will verify that the City’s sign regulations are consistent with the County to ensure a uniform standard.