Officials and Guests in Attendance
All Renton City Council members were in attendance except V. O'Halloran. All participants were prepared and attentive.
Accessing the Meeting and Materials
The meeting started on time. I observed all of the meeting that was open to the public. The agenda was available in advance of the meeting and the meeting was easily accessible.
Summary of Discussion
The agenda was followed. The meeting started at 7:00 pm with attendance. This was followed by a proclamation naming February 22 Lunar New Year Day in Renton. The proclamation was voted in unanimously. A few members of the Asian community were in attendance to acknowledge and comment on the proclamation. In light of recent Asian hate crimes and racial slurs an inclusion statement was read reaffirming the City Council's commitment to racial/social equity.
UC Zone interim zoning controls, Ordinance 6012
A public hearing was held. Ordinance 6012 will sunset on June 25, 2021 unless lifted sooner by City Council or extended pursuant to state law. The purpose of the UC zone is to provide an area for pedestrian-scale urban mixed-use development that supports the residential and employment goals of Renton's Regional Growth Center. Before June 25, 2021, staff will work with the Planning Commission and City Council's Planning and Development Committee to develop permanent standards.
Public comments consisted of two comments from different developers requesting the retail space requirements be reviewed as big retail spaces are no longer needed/necessary. In addition they requested the City take a macro view of zoning requirements rather than making them project specific - different projects can compliment each other and achieve zoning requirements in total. Finally, they said zoning requirements should also focus on meaningful/affordable housing.
R. Corman appreciated the comments and said it was important the City collaborated with developers in reviewing the ordinance.
Admin Report - Focused on the snow response effort - salt, sand, de-icing, and snow removal.
Six people spoke and one letter was received by Council and read into the record:
Consent agenda - Items A - C were unanimously approved.
Finance Committee - Presented their committee report.
The meeting went in to executive session at 8:05 for approximately 30 minutes to discuss legal counsel matters concerning potential litigation. It was planned to adjourn the meeting immediately following this executive session.