Marijuana, impact fees and more on May 6 City Council agenda

May 5, 2014

By Staff

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NEW — 11:10 a.m. May 5, 2014

The Newcastle City Council will hold its first meeting of the month May 6.

The general meeting will begin with a discussion about the city’s traffic and parks impact fees.  On April 15, the council reviewed a study on this subject in a session prior to the general meeting.

The council will then review an ordinance that would alter Comprehensive Plan amendment procedures to make them consistent with state law.

Next, the council will review an application to King County’s Public Benefit Rating System (PBRS). The program offers an incentive to preserve open space on private property in the county by providing a tax reduction to the owner.

A Newcastle property owner recently granted the city a public trail easement, and if the PBRS application is approved, the owner will receive a slight property-tax reduction.

A local jurisdiction must approve a PBRS application, in addition to the King County Council, if the property falls in an incorporated area. The City Council will hold a public hearing on the subject.

Finally, the council will again discuss marijuana legalization and potential impact to the city.

Prior to the meeting, the council will hold an hourlong executive session to privately discuss the lease or purchase of real estate.

As noted in the updated Energize Eastside story, a citizen presentation about the project set for May 6 was postponed.

View the full agenda here.

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