City Council to talk about language, intent in land-use plan update Monday

The Tukwila City Council will discuss the language in an update of two key land-use documents related to housing and neighborhoods at its meeting Monday night.

The Tukwila City Council will discuss the language in an update of two key land-use documents related to housing and neighborhoods at its meeting Monday night.

Part of the discussion will center around questions about smaller lot sizes and allowing more diverse types of housing in residential neighborhoods.

The meeting of the council’s Committee of the Whole is at 7 p.m. in its chambers, City Hall, 6200 Southcenter Blvd.

Residents will have a chance to comment on the Comprehensive Plan update at the meeting.

The meeting also will allow council members the chance “to address any and all information conveyed in separate e-mails or leaflets to the public over the past few weeks, dispel any false or misinterpreted information and explain fully what its intention is with the current draft,” said council President Kate Kruller.

Eventually, the council will set a date for vote on the update.

For months the City Council has been working on a required update of the 1995 Comprehensive Plan, including holding public hearings. The council is updating the Housing Element, the Residential Element and the Tukwila International Boulevard Element of the plan, the key document that guides the city’s growth and development.

The draft materials are available online, under the “Meetings & Events” tab.

Residents and at least one City Council member have expressed concerned that the updates include increases in the density of single-family neighborhoods that residents may not know about.

“I’ve learned a lot in the last couple months. As we were working through it, it became clear to me that there was a real flavor of urbanization,” said council member Dennis Robertson in an interview.

Kruller said nearly City Council member lives or has lived in a single-family neighborhood.

“I don’t think any of us are going to run amok and cover anybody’s neighborhood with townhouses, cottages and all kinds of things without deep consideration and greater input from the community,” Kruller said.

The city still has some time to discuss the update’s wording. Final approval isn’t required until the end of the year.

And the Puget Sound Regional Council has extended a June deadline to Oct. 15, by which time it wants a “well-defined draft” so that Tukwila could apply for grants through the regional council worth millions of dollars.

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