East Sumner Neighborhood Plan

October 2020 status of the ESNP planning process

  • Wetlands Investigation Report: The final report was completed in August; staff has been working on recommendations based on information in the report. The wetlands report is called an “investigation” report, so it can’t be used for a development permit, but it will give owners a more accurate picture of where wetlands are on their property. The document is posted in the Documents section on the right.
  • Draft concepts: In August 2020, staff presented alternative concepts for the ESNP central neighborhood to the Planning Commission. Staff’s main recommendation was to rezone the central wetlands area to a Resource Protection zone, retain one area along 60th Street for High Density Residential apartments, and to maintain General Commercial zoning along other main street fronts (60th Street East, 160th Avenue East and 64th Street East). Staff’s recommended concept (Alternative 3) is posted in the Documents section on the right.
  • East Sumner Neighborhood Plan draft: Staff has also been working with a consultant to prepare the draft East Sumner Neighborhood plan. Following Planning Commission feedback on alternative concepts, the draft plan has been completed, and is now ready for public comment and review. The document is posted in the Documents section on the right.
  • Planned Action Ordinance: The original 2015 Planned Action Ordinance (PAO) for East Sumner Neighborhood is to be updated in 2020. A PAO sets up a type of environmental review process that allows the evaluation of impacts in the early planning stages and streamlines future permit reviews. More information on the PAO is posted in the Documents section on the right.
  • Next steps: The Planning Commission is entering the next stage in their review of these documents. There will be a public hearing with the Commission in late November or early December. Public notices will be sent out with the date/time of the hearing. After that, the Commission will make a recommendation to City Council. It is anticipated that the Council will make the final decision about zoning and adoption of the ESNP sometime in January or February.


What is the East Sumner Neighborhood Plan?

The East Sumner Neighborhood Plan (ESNP) is intended to guide growth in the neighborhood over the next 20 years. The 2020 Plan update anticipates addressing issues surrounding wetlands/high water tables, lack of pedestrian connections, the potential for regional commercial development, high density residential development, and the retention of the neighborhood’s “small town” character.

The East Sumner planning area is approximately 174 acres of lowland located in the eastern portion of the City of Sumner. The core of the area is bordered by a number of roadways—160th Avenue East, 64th Street East, Main Street East, Sumner-Tapps Highway East, and State Route 410. The eastern portion of the site is bisected by Salmon Creek.

The City of Sumner first adopted a plan for East Sumner in 2001. It was updated again in 2015. This plan envisioned a mixed use “urban village” that complemented and supported the Downtown. Since that time, little of the desired catalytic, community-building development has occurred, primarily because of three obstacles:

  • The roadway system, with poorly functioning intersections along Sumner-Tapps Highway, impedes access to potential regional commercial businesses.
  • Extensive wetlands and other environmental constraints prevent construction of new connector roads and feasible development of central sites.
  • A high water table, periodic flooding, and stormwater management concerns make development of single family subdivisions difficult, if not infeasible.

Spurred by the opportunities provided by a regional YMCA, the need to address extensive wetlands, and the desire to facilitate more development on the east side, the City has initiated this 2020 update to the ESNP.

October 2020 status of the ESNP planning process

  • Wetlands Investigation Report: The final report was completed in August; staff has been working on recommendations based on information in the report. The wetlands report is called an “investigation” report, so it can’t be used for a development permit, but it will give owners a more accurate picture of where wetlands are on their property. The document is posted in the Documents section on the right.
  • Draft concepts: In August 2020, staff presented alternative concepts for the ESNP central neighborhood to the Planning Commission. Staff’s main recommendation was to rezone the central wetlands area to a Resource Protection zone, retain one area along 60th Street for High Density Residential apartments, and to maintain General Commercial zoning along other main street fronts (60th Street East, 160th Avenue East and 64th Street East). Staff’s recommended concept (Alternative 3) is posted in the Documents section on the right.
  • East Sumner Neighborhood Plan draft: Staff has also been working with a consultant to prepare the draft East Sumner Neighborhood plan. Following Planning Commission feedback on alternative concepts, the draft plan has been completed, and is now ready for public comment and review. The document is posted in the Documents section on the right.
  • Planned Action Ordinance: The original 2015 Planned Action Ordinance (PAO) for East Sumner Neighborhood is to be updated in 2020. A PAO sets up a type of environmental review process that allows the evaluation of impacts in the early planning stages and streamlines future permit reviews. More information on the PAO is posted in the Documents section on the right.
  • Next steps: The Planning Commission is entering the next stage in their review of these documents. There will be a public hearing with the Commission in late November or early December. Public notices will be sent out with the date/time of the hearing. After that, the Commission will make a recommendation to City Council. It is anticipated that the Council will make the final decision about zoning and adoption of the ESNP sometime in January or February.


What is the East Sumner Neighborhood Plan?

The East Sumner Neighborhood Plan (ESNP) is intended to guide growth in the neighborhood over the next 20 years. The 2020 Plan update anticipates addressing issues surrounding wetlands/high water tables, lack of pedestrian connections, the potential for regional commercial development, high density residential development, and the retention of the neighborhood’s “small town” character.

The East Sumner planning area is approximately 174 acres of lowland located in the eastern portion of the City of Sumner. The core of the area is bordered by a number of roadways—160th Avenue East, 64th Street East, Main Street East, Sumner-Tapps Highway East, and State Route 410. The eastern portion of the site is bisected by Salmon Creek.

The City of Sumner first adopted a plan for East Sumner in 2001. It was updated again in 2015. This plan envisioned a mixed use “urban village” that complemented and supported the Downtown. Since that time, little of the desired catalytic, community-building development has occurred, primarily because of three obstacles:

  • The roadway system, with poorly functioning intersections along Sumner-Tapps Highway, impedes access to potential regional commercial businesses.
  • Extensive wetlands and other environmental constraints prevent construction of new connector roads and feasible development of central sites.
  • A high water table, periodic flooding, and stormwater management concerns make development of single family subdivisions difficult, if not infeasible.

Spurred by the opportunities provided by a regional YMCA, the need to address extensive wetlands, and the desire to facilitate more development on the east side, the City has initiated this 2020 update to the ESNP.