There are few words that can cause your eyes to gloss over and your head to start doing the nap-bob as quickly as the phrases, Zoning and Public Hearing — I get that — but that’s actually a shame because a ton of work has gone into updating the City’s zoning code so that it is relevant to Kent today and helps guide us towards where we want to be tomorrow.
Zoning is mis-understood and under-appreciated. It has a wide reaching impact on our community and although it tends to be written in legal prose (blame the lawyers) which can suck the life out of you, you can’t be deterred. Be strong and participate in what the Kent of tomorrow will look like by attending the Public meetings that are planned for Monday, November 29th at 7:00 PM and Thursday, December 2 at 2:30 PM in City Council Chambers.
These meetings are the culmination of over 18 months of public meetings where input was received on what’s working in the current zoning and what’s not. An enormous amount of time was invested in this initiative because in the world of cities you’ve got to get the zoning right. There is no absolute zoning standard, it’s relative to each community, which is why public participation is so vital.
Don’t like the way certain signs are around town? Here’s a way to change that.
Want to see more opportunities for home based businesses? Here’s a way to do that too.
Zoning is a tool that we adopt as a community that is meant to mirror our aspirations but that only works when people speak up. I’ve been tracking what’s been talked about over the last 18 months on the blog so if you want a refresher just visit the Zoning Page.
The process will involve the repeal of some of the chapters of the Zoning Code (that will be replaced) as well as the adoption of new items. The Planning Director reports that this will take several months starting with a public hearing on the various items by Planning Commission and ending with Council approval or denial.
The Planning Commission will hold their official public hearing in December as now planned. Prior to the Planning Commission public hearing, the Planning Director would like to hold at least two public information sessions where the general public can hear about the amendments, discuss and provide input. These meetings would be open to anyone and are set for November 29th and December 2nd as noted above.