The Planning Commission was presented at the January 22 Planning Commission meeting with the proposal to open the MPSP to an amendment study. Below is a very brief highlight of the discussion.

Google provided a presentation highlighting their vision of the park, included:

  • Residential, office and retail zones
  • Neighborhood-oriented retail
  • Community-based services
  • Ecology and landscape considerations (ecology, flood protection, habitat and open space)
  • Off-street trails and paths
  • Multi-modal network
  • Sea level rise considerations

Planning Commissioners raised concerns included but not limited to:

  • Interconnectivity of the park via roads and bike/ped infrastructure
  • Impact on Fire station 5 services
  • Water capacity/usage

Motion was made by Commissioner Simons and second by Commissioner Howard to initiate an amendment study, provide direction, and return with certain informational items.

The voting result:

  • Olevson – yes
  • Harrison – yes
  • Weiss – yes
  • Simons – yes
  • Howard – yes
  • Howe – abstain
  • Rheaume – abstain

The item moves to the City Council on February 6, 2018 for a vote to support or not.