The City’s Planning Director, Gary Locke, has announced the next Zoning Code review session for tonight (December 15, 2009) at 7:30 pm in Council Chambers immediately following the Planning Commission meeting. The topic is a continuation of the architectural review discussion with a greater emphasis on the process used to apply architectural standards. Important stuff for how Kent looks as a community.
If you haven’t had time to attend the Zoning review meetings we’ve maintained all of the information on the Kent360 site at this link: City of Kent Zoning Code Review
Here’s Gary’s notice for tonight’s meeting:
Good afternoon everyone:
Attached are the agenda and materials for the next Joint Meeting devoted to the zoning code update. Please note the date and that the starting time will be 7:30 PM. The Planning Commission has one item for its regular agenda which will begin at 7 PM.
The topic for our discussion will continue to be the architectural review process. Since our last meeting, I have met with some of the members of the committee and have had additional discussion and direction. I believe that it was generally agreed to leave out the historic preservation review items (these will be saved for later discussion) and to create a separate chapter that was devoted to defining the overlay districts since ultimately there could be more than one. We’ll go over this more at the meeting and see if we are getting close. City Council did endorse the Downtown Design guidelines in November and those guidelines would be adopted by reference to work with the proposed review process. The review mechanism is also back in the zoning code (not separate as discussed previously).
I have also met with some of the committee members to get their input on signage and it is my goal to have a revised draft reflecting their comments and those from previous meetings ready for review in January.
And here are the attachments for the meeting: