Newcastle City Council roundup — April 15
April 16, 2014
By Christina Corrales-Toy
NEW — 2:55 p.m. April 16, 2014
The Newcastle City Council held its last meeting of the month April 15. Here is the Cliffs Notes version of what happened at City Hall. View the full meeting agenda online here.
Prior to the regular meeting, council members reviewed an analysis of the city’s traffic and parks impact fee rates.
Impact fees are a comprehensive grouping of charges based on new development within a local municipality. These fees are assessed to pay for capital facility improvement projects necessitated by new development.
Transportation impact fees are collected to fund improvements that add capacity to the transportation system, accommodating the travel demand created by new development.
Parks and trails impact fees are collected to fund improvements that add availability of parks and trails throughout the city, accommodating the increased demand created by new residential developments.
It was one of the initial steps as the council looks to update its impact fee programs. View the full analysis beginning on page two of the agenda packet.
Odds and ends
Newcastle Surface Water Engineer Laura Frolich presented a report about the Lake Boren water quality. View that report and past ones here.
Volunteer lake monitors through King County’s Lake Stewardship Program make the reports possible. Residents can learn how to get involved at an April 26 volunteer training workshop in Preston. It goes from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Preston Community Center, 8625 310th Ave. S.E. Learn more here.
The council passed two ordinances and held two resulting public hearings.
The first ordinance, passed 5-1, allows developers to pay a fee in lieu of retaining or replacing significant trees. The city had been accepting mitigation in the form of a fee for several years. The ordinance essentially codified the fee-in-lieu option.
The other ordinance, passed unanimously, amended the zoning code to revise the development regulations which can be modified by development agreements.
Mayor Steve Buri was absent, so Deputy Mayor John Drescher had his first opportunity to lead the council through the meeting.
At the April 1 meeting dominated by discussion of Puget Sound Energy’s Energize Eastside project, resident Larry Johnson asked the council for time to give a citizen’s presentation about the project.
It appears they’ll get that chance at the next meeting, May 6.
Also, a reminder that the council plans to hold its annual town hall June 3. It normally holds the meeting in the fall.