Tukwila Council meets tonight: Public hearing on industrial district scheduled

The Tukwila City Council meets at 7 tonight, for its first meeting of the new year. Hot topics on tonight's agenda include conducting a public hearing on an ordinance that would renew a six-month month moratorium on permits for land-use, building and development and business licenses for certain non-industrial uses within the city's manufacturing industrial-center zone. Council action on the proposed ordinance would take place after the public hearing.

  • Monday, January 3, 2011 1:42pm
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The Tukwila City Council meets at 7 tonight, for its first meeting of the new year.

Hot topics on tonight’s agenda include conducting a public hearing on an ordinance that would renew a six-month month moratorium on permits for land-use, building and development and business licenses for certain non-industrial uses within the city’s manufacturing industrial-center zone. Council action on the proposed ordinance would take place after the public hearing.

According to the city’s Web site, Tukwila is identifying the key issues facing industrial businesses and lands in Tukwila’s main industrial area, known as the Manufacturing/Industrial Center (MIC), to ensure that City policy, practice and land use regulations support existing and future industrial activity.

Tukwila’s MIC covers approximately 966 acres along the Duwamish River. It is bounded generally by the City of Seattle on the north, South 125th Street on the south, the Burlington Northern railway right-of-way on the east, and the Duwamish River on the west. The MIC is home to more than 14, 000 jobs, and provides a significant portion of Tukwila’s economic activity.

The Manufacturing/Industrial Center is intended to preserve and enhance manufacturing and industrial activity, and the land resource on which industrial businesses operate. Tukwila’s MIC is one of four such areas designated by King County.

City of Tukwila Comprehensive Plan policies support maintaining the industrial activities that currently operate in the Manufacturing/Industrial Center and developing new industrial activity in order to maximize employment and economic benefits to the people of Tukwila and the region, while minimizing impacts on residential neighborhoods.

The Zoning Code carries out the Comprehensive Plan policies in the MIC. It limits non-industrial uses, including office and retail, which may occur in the MIC, reserving the land primarily for industrial activities and businesses that support these uses. New housing is not permitted.

The Council also will vote on a new president to preside over its meetings for the 2011 year. Councilman Dennis Robertson was Council president for 2011.

The meeting takes place in Council Chambers at Tukwila City Hall, 6200 Southcenter Boulevard. Call 206-433-1800 for more information.

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