MARCH 24, 1997

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Council continues sign code discussion

sign code by Andrew Walgamott
At last week's City Council study session, staff presented visual displays outlining proposed sign spacing along NE 175th Street. Streetscapes, signs, and trees coordinated to create a uniform look to city streets were proposed.
   Signs would be mounted on poles, set in ground-level monuments, and integrated into structures and spaced between trees lining the street. The idea was to "make a predictable pattern as you move down the street," City Planner Todd Jacobs said.
   Councilmembers expressed concern who would be paying for such regulation and the logistics of implementing any sign code. The next sign code discussion is set for April 7.
   Also discussed at the study session was a contract for banking services between the city and U.S. Bank, which was preferred over several others, "because of their competitive fees, especially for wire transfers," according to a staff report. Proximity to City Hall and automatic payroll depositing factored in, as well.
   Questions for a telephone survey of city residents were fine-tuned at the session. The questionnaire will be used to determine the community's feelings on the development of a City Hall/Community Center with existing funds. The results of the survey will be discussed at the next City Council meeting.
   Staff discussed proposed changes to the zoning code. Since adoption of Woodinville's Comprehensive Plan, the Planning Commission has been making zoning code recommendations to the city that would bring it in compliance with the Growth Management Act (GMA). It is proposed that several zones be removed from the code including Mineral, as there are no mineral type uses in the city, and Rural because of a conflict with the GMA.
   Definitions were given to residential densities. Low density, R-1 to R-4, is defined as single family unit, mother-in-law units attached to single family units, or special condition duplexes. Moderate density, R-5 to R-8, allows single family homes, and under special conditions, town homes and apartments are allowed under R-6 and R-8, respectively. Medium density includes R-9 to R-18, in which every residential use is allowed, including single family, town homes, and senior assisted living. High density, R-19 to R-48, allows for multi-density apartments, town homes, and should support transit, according to Stephanie Cleveland.
   Communication facilities come under two categories in the proposed changes. The council designated radio and television towers as major facilities, while cellular towers will be minor.