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The City of Mill Creek initiates Land Use Capacity Study to aid economic development

The City of Mill Creek’s Community Development Department has initiated a Land Use Capacity Study in response to the City’s Strategic Planning process. Although this study is not complete, several sites within the City have been identified where changing the zoning restrictions called for in Mill Creek’s current Comprehensive Plan could increase their development potential.

According to the City’s Spring 2012 Newsletter, “The sites being evaluated include properties zoned as ‘Office Park’ near the Dumas Road/SR 527 (Bothell Everett Highway) intersection, the property zoned as ‘Community Business’ located between the Shell gas station and the Gateway Plaza shopping center on SR 527 (Bothell Everett Highway), and the properties zoned ‘Medium Density Residential’ situated adjacent to SR 96 (132nd Street SE) between the Lowe’s property and 25th Avenue SE.”

One of the ideas coming out of the City’s Strategic Planning process is to change zoning and land use requirements so that property owners can more easily develop their land. This win-win scenario provides economic development that results in additional, sustainable revenue sources for the property owners and the City.

As part of the Land Use Capacity Study, the City will be meeting with the property owners to determine their objectives and to see if they are interested in reclassifying their property.

If the study determines that changing the Comprehensive Plan and zoning could be beneficial to the City and the property owners, these changes could be made as part of the yearly Comprehensive Plan update. The Mill Creek City Council has final say in any changes to the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

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