Municipal Code Review
In 2020, City Council established as a priority a review of the City’s municipal code. In July 2020 the City entered into an agreement with Madrona, to do most of the work. Under a separate contract, the City employed another firm, MAKERS, to focus on the planning, zoning, and development regulation portions of the code. Madrona now has completed Phases 1 and 2.
On August 14th, 2020, the City entered into an Agreement for Professional Services with Madrona Law Group. The Agreement was divided into phases consisting of Phase 1 with additional optional phases, which, at Council’s discretion could be approved in succession if the project proceeded satisfactorily. Madrona completed work on Phase 1 near the end of 2020. On January 25, 2021 the Council amended the Agreement to authorize Madrona to proceed with Phase 2. On June 1, Council approved an amendment to the contract to authorize Madrona to proceed with Phase 3.
Phase 3 will begin the work of drafting revisions to the City’s current municipal code. That drafting process will address sections of the municipal code that were prioritized during Phase 2 and in accordance with the recommendations made in Madrona’s final report at the conclusion of Phase 2. Phase 3 will include input and engagement opportunities for the public, City Council, and City staff and also provide opportunities to include surveys, open houses, meetings, group meetings, and one-on-one meetings with City Council members and staff. The order in which the work for this Phase is completed and the specific tasks to be completed by Attorneys shall be approved by the City Manager in increments, based on City priorities and budget availability.