April 3 | Affordable Housing Work Plan, Comprehensive Plan Amendments and More
Posted on 04/09/2018

The Newcastle City Council roundups offer a digest of notable items for those who can't make it to the regular meetings. Listen to the audio from the April 3 meeting here and view the meeting agenda packet here.

Council Sets Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket

The City Council approved a list of proposed topics for the 2018 review of Comprehensive Plan amendments. The Comprehensive Plan is a long-range plan that guides decision making to ensure steady progress toward achieving the city's desired future.

The state's Growth Management Act limits review of proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments to no more than once a year. To ensure the public can view the proposals in a citywide context, the GMA directs cities to create a list (or docket) of Comprehensive Plan amendments that will be evaluated during the annual review process.

The council approved a docket that proposes five total amendments. Among the suggested amendments is an update to the city's land use code that would allow for a boutique hotel at The Golf Club at Newcastle. View the full docket here. The council will review and consider the proposed amendments later this year.

Council Approves ARCH Work Plan

After a presentation from A Regional Coalition for Housing, the Newcastle City Council approved the group’s 2018 work plan and funding recommendations for several Eastside projects. ARCH is a partnership of King County and East King County cities that have joined together to assist with preserving and increasing the supply of housing for low– and moderate-income households in the region.

Based on the approved recommendations, the City of Newcastle will contribute a total of $80,000 to projects that will support construction of housing for homeless people and low-income individuals and families. The funds for these projects will come from the city’s existing balance in the ARCH Trust Fund, which has built up over the years through annual ARCH contributions. Learn more about the projects here.

Other Notes

• The City Council approved revisions to Newcastle’s mission and vision statement and city goals and strategic priorities. The council discussed the changes during its annual retreat earlier this year. View the updated mission and vision statement here, and the city goals and strategic priorities here.

• Mayor Allen Dauterman presented two proclamations recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Arbor Day.

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