Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists, Podiatrists, All May Be Banned From Ground Floor In Metro Everett

August 20, 2018

Everett Government

Metro Everett

Less than two weeks until the Everett City Council makes a decision.

One common thread runs through the five options being presented by city planners for consideration by the Everett City Council on zoning for the new Metro Area plan. If it has use as a clinic of any type it is not welcome on the ground floor, (if at all) in Metro Everett.

That means a plastic surgeon couldn’t build a condo tower and put their own 3200 square foot clinic on the ground floor within Metro Everett regardless if they owned the property. A dermatology practice who saw more than fifty patients a day could not relocate their practice to the ground floor of a transit oriented street within the the Metro Everett area. Elderly people visiting podiatrists would have to go somewhere other than the ground floor in Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and Pedestrian Streets within Metro Everett under plans currently before the Everett City Council.

Here are the five options planners are presenting to Everett City Council members for consideration at their meeting on Wednesday August 22nd at 12:30 PM.

Option A: Prohibit clinics and social services entirely within Metro Everett. This option would prohibit clinics and social services within Metro Everett, on any floor.

Option B: Prohibit clinics and social services on ground floor throughout Metro Everett. This option would prohibit clinics and social services on the ground floor throughout Metro Everett.

Option C: Prohibit clinics and social services on ground floor of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and Pedestrian Streets. This option would prohibit clinics and social services on the ground floor of TOD and Pedestrian Streets, consistent with other similar uses proposed to be prohibited on the ground floor of these streets, including: teen and private clubs, tattoo parlors, pawnshops, thrift stores, auto-dependent retail, commercial storage, veterinary clinics, food banks, religious facility and places of worship.

Option D: Prohibit clinics and social services on ground floor of a REVISED map of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and Pedestrian Streets. This option is the same as Option C above, but creates a new map that will designate more streets that are zoned Urban Mixed within the previous B-3 zone.

Option E: Prohibit clinics and social services on ground floor in Metro Everett in the UM zone based on size, proximity to similar uses, or patient volume. This option would prohibit clinics and social services on the ground floor if the use had a gross floor area of more than 3,000 square feet, was within 500’ of a similar use located on the ground floor, or had a patient or client volume of more than 50 per day.

Click link below to see the full memo sent to the Mayor and City Council on August 16th with the charts and maps that describe the various options.

Memo_CC_Clinics-Social Services_8-16-18

The city council will be considering the various options on Wednesday August 22nd at 12:30 PM at their mid-day meeting. They will not take any action at that time. The action and votes are set for Wednesday August 29th at 6:30 PM. The council has vowed to read every comment and listen to every voice who wants to speak up prior to their vote.

One other observation. If say 20,000 more people do move into the Metro Everett area in the next 20 years, none better need to use a food bank on the ground floor. That wouldn’t be allowed within Metro Everett either.



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