- Do you love Edmonds?
- Do you want to retain the small town feel of the Bowl?
- Do you want responsible development throughout Edmonds to provide additional and affordable housing and business?
- Do you want to be advised when issues impacting any of these arise?
- Do you want to know how to make your voice heard to public officials and fellow citizens?
Well, this is what ACE is all about!
CURRENT ACE AREAS OF INTEREST
- Decrease in First Floor Height Downtown Central Core – ACE is reviewing a proposal to lower the existing first floor height requirement from 15ft to 12ft in the BD1 zone (Main from 6th Ave to 3RD Ave and Fifth from Main to Maple, which says will allow the 3 stories within the existing 30 ft. height limit.
- Transparency – ACE is evaluating what it believes is a growing “lack of transparency” in several areas of City Government (Council, Boards, Committees and Task Forces), the Port and the City website, and suggesting solutions to improve City transparency.
- Housing Strategy – ACE is reviewing the work in process by a 9-member Housing Strategy Task Force appointed by the Mayor in mid-2017. That work includes discussion of many different types of Housing Needs. Details are available for review at https://www.edmondshousingstrategy.org/, which was announced by press release on 12/7/17. It is on an accelerated schedule with completion planned by June 2018.
- Parking – ACE ongoing concerns about the parking (or lack thereof) in the downtown and elsewhere, and what can be done to resolve the problems.
- Harbor Square – ACE continues to monitor Port plans regarding re-development of Harbor Square.
ACE has been actively engaged in activities designed to preserve the small town character of Edmonds since it was formed in 2004.
HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTS:
- ACE hosted its 6th semi-annual candidates forum jointly with the Edmonds Senior Center for City Council and (for the first time) Port Commission candidates.
- ACE corroborated with Save Our Marsh group on concerns related to the negative impacts of proposed re-development on the marsh environment.
- ACE publicized information regarding the parking on Sunset Avenue
- ACE complimented Parks & Recreation (redevelopment of Civic Playfield) and a Mayors’ Task Force (Waterfront Access alternatives) for their transparency and involvement of the public these processes
- ACE studied changes to the Critical Areas Ordinance being discussed by the city and provided specific comments and suggestions to Mayor/Council in March 2016
- ACE asked the City to consider whether building a new community center directly on the waterfront was too risky given the likelihood and timing of rising sea levels as part of global warming
- ACE questioned whether it was necessary if the base of a structure in Harbor Square by 2 feet to raise the height of the structure by 2 feet.
- ACE supported sun-setting the 17-member Citizens Economic Development Commission, which was done in late 2015 by Council. The Commission was re-formed in 2016 as 9 members after discussions between the Mayor and Council.
- ACE published an article on the activities to rezone Harbor Square to ensure public complete understanding of the proposed changes.
- ACE published articles to the public discussing height-limits changes downtown. This resulted in a defeat of efforts to increase heights.
- ACE urged the Mayor’ Task Force studying long term and short term waterfront access issues to focus on the immediate safety access alternative first. This option is currently under development.
- Asked all Council Candidates in our 5th candidate forum and directly if unchallenged to state their positon on raising building heights in downtown, Westgate and other areas. All stated opposition to raising building heights in the downtown / waterfront area.
2009 – 2014
- ACE vigorously opposed a plan by the Port of Edmonds to re-develop Harbor Square into a mixed use commercial / residential complex with buildings ranging from 30 ft (existing height limit) to residential buildings up to 55 ft within 25 ft of the marsh boundary and 10 ft of Dayton St. This effort, supported by many citizens, was withdrawn by the Port in 2013 and officially rejected by the Council thereafter for procedural purposes.
2011 – 2012
- ACE promotes and provides input into redevelopment plans for Westgate and Five Corners areas of Edmonds.
2010 – 2011
- ACE opposed a requested height increase to 34 ft (from existing 30’ zoning) on redevelopment of property between Main and Bell along 2nd Avenue that included a boutique hotel. The City enforced the existing 30 ft. height limit.
- ACE was actively involved in opposition to the ongoing effort by a private developer (Old Safeway / Skippers sites) to redevelop those properties east of the railroad tracks along the waterfront. The developer abandoned its plans.
- ACE formed late in 2004 because plans were being put forth by the City and consultants to increase height limits in the downtown from 25 to 30/33 ft. Ultimately the plan was abandoned, after which height limits in the downtown central core remained at that time at 25 and 30 ft.