Notes from today’s Council meetings

Here’s the non-budget stuff that happened today.

This afternoon in a marathon full City Council meeting, the last before the budget development process begins, the Council crossed several items off its to-do list, including:

  • the renovation and lease agreements for Key Arena with Oak View Group, along with a related ordinance allowing the city to use admissions tax revenues to meet its obligations under the agreement, and a companion resolution related to the transportation aspects of the project;
  • an ordinance updating the city’s curb ramp requirements to make them compliant with the ADA;
  • a six-month extension of the moratorium on heavy commercial development projects in the Aurora-Licton Springs Urban Village;
  • a preliminary decision on UW’s update to its campus master plan;
  • the South Lake Union neighborhood design guidelines;
  • designation of Seattle Storm Way adjacent to Seattle Center;
  • a ten-year extension and boundary expansion for the SODO Parking and Business Improvement Area;
  • an update to the City Council’s review process for surveillance-related technologies.

In other news:

  • Council member Herbold noted that a report will be coming out tomorrow (Tuesday) looking at issues around housing for LGBTQ seniors.
  • Council member O’Brien announced that he will be holding a special meeting of his Sustainability and Transportation Committee on October 12th, to hear a report on the Racial Equity Toolkit study on his proposed loosening of restrictions on “backyard cottages” and mother-in-law apartments. The Final EIS is expected to be released around the same time.