Newcastle City Council roundup — May 20

May 21, 2014

NEW — 1 p.m. May 21, 2014

The Newcastle City Council held its second meeting of the month May 20. Here is the Cliffs Notes version of what happened at City Hall. View the full meeting agenda online here and listen to the meeting audio here.

Neighbors call for speed bumps

A sizable group of neighbors from in and around Southeast 75th Street used the first public comment period to express their concerns about speeding on that roadway.

“Our street has become a dragway,” one resident said. Read more

Newcastle City Council roundup — May 6

May 7, 2014

NEW — 4:05 p.m. May 7, 2014

The Newcastle City Council held its first meeting of the month May 6. Here is the Cliffs Notes version of what happened at City Hall. View the full meeting agenda online here.

Marijuana moratorium coming?

The Newcastle City Council directed city staff to prepare an ordinance placing a moratorium on marijuana-related business in the city. It represents one of the body’s first significant actions on the subject since the drug’s legalization.

Councilman Gordon Bisset made the motion, which passed 4-3. Read more

Newcastle City Council roundup — April 15

April 16, 2014

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.

Impact fees

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. Read more

Newcastle City Council roundup — April 1

April 2, 2014

NEW — 3 p.m. April 2, 2014

The Newcastle City Council held its first meeting of the month April 1. Here is the Cliffs Notes version of what happened at City Hall. View the full meeting agenda online here.

Energize Eastside

In what was the most well-attended City Council meeting of the last two years, much of the time was dominated by discussion of Puget Sound Energy’s Energize Eastside project.

About 50 people packed council chambers to hear a presentation from Andy Wappler, PSE’s vice president of corporate affairs. Read more

Newcastle City Council roundup — March 18

March 19, 2014

NEW — 2:05 p.m. March 19, 2014

The Newcastle City Council held its second meeting of the month March 18. Here is the Cliffs Notes version of what happened at City Hall. View the full meeting agenda online here.

Put up a parking lot

The City Council approved a zoning code amendment allowing offsite parking for nonresidential uses in residential areas.

Residents won’t likely see a proliferation of parking lots in their neighborhoods though, since there are some specific criteria that must be met to allow the parking lot. Read more