Waterfront parking lot update l Council Corner

By Council Vice President Rohrbough and Council President Cook | Jul 24, 2019

As part of its article on Mukilteo City Council candidates (July 17, 2019), The Beacon asked a question about a proposed waterfront parking lot being discussed by the Tulalip Tribes and the Port of South Whidbey (POSW) on property owned by the Tulalip Tribes.

Given the interest in this topic, we thought it is important to share with the community the proactive steps this current City Council is taking.

Since the issue first came to light, we have learned that there is no current funding to actually construct the parking lot. And while the POSW has received a state grant to fund the feasibility and permitting of the project, no permits have been applied for as of yet. This tells us that development of this lot may be further off than many previously expected.

One of priorities that was brought into the discussion at our council retreat earlier this year was to set up a meeting with the owners of the property and a few councilmembers. The intent was to build on our relationship and to share any concerns of our residents. We were also hoping to listen to the desires of the Tulalip Tribes and work together toward an amicable development agreement to address the short and long-term evolvement of the property.

After a few reschedules, Council President Cook, Councilmember Bob Champion and myself will be meeting with Tribe representatives at the end of August.

Again, we see this meeting as an opportunity to build on our ongoing relationship of open communication and collaboration. Our intent again is to bring transparency for this issue as well as build an understanding of each party’s goals and even aspirations for this particular property.

With any new information, we will be sure to share it with you.

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