Sept. 17, 2019 | Development, Trees and More
Posted on 09/24/2019

The Newcastle City Council roundups offer a digest of notable items for those who can't make it to the regular meetings. View the meeting agenda packet here. and listen to the audio here. View past City Council roundups at newcastlewa.gov/councilrecaps.

GENERAL UPDATES

— The Newcastle City Council approved an amendment to a previously-adopted development agreement for a future subdivision on Southeast May Creek Park Road. The agreement requires the home developer to bear the costs (about $3 million) to construct a public road extension between Southeast 84th Place and Southeast May Creek Park Drive in exchange for flexibility in certain development standards. The amendment modifies the maximum density allowed and adds language that limits the development to no more than 46 parcels. Learn more here.

— The Newcastle City Council approved a citizen survey that will go out to about 400 households this fall. Overall, the survey’s objective is to poll a statistically representative sample of Newcastle residents and get their feedback on the City’s performance and priorities. This ensures the Council’s decisions are guided by sound, factual data. Learn more here.

— City staff presented information about some revisions to tree regulations recommended by the Planning Commission. The suggested edits aim to better preserve and enhance the City’s tree canopy. The City Council took no action and expressed a desire for additional information and an in-depth overview at a subsequent meeting. Learn more here.

— The Council performed a first reading of a revised Comcast cable TV franchise agreement and a new Verizon Wireless franchise that would facilitate small cell 5G. A franchise is a contract between the City and a provider (typically a utility, such as water, sewer, cable and/or telecommunications) that regulates the provider’s use of the right of way.

— Mayor Allen Dauterman read a special King County Council proclamation commemorating Newcastle’s 25th anniversary, which is officially celebrated on Sept. 30.

— New Businesses: As noted in the City Manager’s Report, a Jersey Mike’s sandwich shop is slated to go by the QFC in the former ZoeYogurt spot, while a DIY Tea Lab will open next to Subway.

The Newcastle City Council wants to hear from you! Members of the public are invited to share thoughts during public hearings or two open public comment periods at meetings. Regular meetings of the City Council occur on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at City Hall, starting at 7 p.m. You can also email your thoughts to Councilmembers. To send a message to the entire Council, email citycouncil@newcastlewa.gov. You can also email them individually (view all Councilmember emails here).  

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