Community Facilities Rezone

The Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC), the French American School of Puget Sound (FASPS) and Herzl-Ner Tamid (HNT) have applied for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment and rezone that would enable a master planning and redevelopment process for their facilities.

The properties owned by the applicants currently consist of four zones, with some of the properties spanning multiple zones. While the properties can be redeveloped under the current zoning, the complexity of the requirements across the multiple zones makes it more difficult to understand what is allowed and to plan for potential impacts of redevelopment. A new zone can better address the potential impacts and provide more clarity to the community around what to expect from redevelopment. The rezoning process will also allow for more community involvement in planning for the future of SJCC/FASPS/HNT sites.


The Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC), the French American School of Puget Sound (FASPS) and Herzl-Ner Tamid (HNT) have applied for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment and rezone that would enable a master planning and redevelopment process for their facilities.

The properties owned by the applicants currently consist of four zones, with some of the properties spanning multiple zones. While the properties can be redeveloped under the current zoning, the complexity of the requirements across the multiple zones makes it more difficult to understand what is allowed and to plan for potential impacts of redevelopment. A new zone can better address the potential impacts and provide more clarity to the community around what to expect from redevelopment. The rezoning process will also allow for more community involvement in planning for the future of SJCC/FASPS/HNT sites.


  • Planning Commission Meeting - Beginning to re-evaluate problem statement and approach

    about 1 month ago

    On October 16, 2019, the Planning Commission renewed their work around the Community Facilities regulations. Following the joint study session in August, the City Council asked the Planning Commission to: A) review the problem statement and proposed solution, B) explore alternative options to address the problem statement and solution (e.g. modified Conditional Use Permit), and C) report back to City Council for further direction.

    The October 16, 2019 Planning Commission meeting was the first in several meetings, intended to fully explore the problem statement, the solution, and regulatory options for addressing the solution. The Planning Commission identified additional information necessary...

    On October 16, 2019, the Planning Commission renewed their work around the Community Facilities regulations. Following the joint study session in August, the City Council asked the Planning Commission to: A) review the problem statement and proposed solution, B) explore alternative options to address the problem statement and solution (e.g. modified Conditional Use Permit), and C) report back to City Council for further direction.

    The October 16, 2019 Planning Commission meeting was the first in several meetings, intended to fully explore the problem statement, the solution, and regulatory options for addressing the solution. The Planning Commission identified additional information necessary to move forward. The Planning Commission's work will continue on November 20, and will likely continue through the remainder of 2019. The Planning Commission has also indicated that additional public outreach and input is necessary before completing their recommendation to the City Council.

    Work on the Community Facilities regulations and re-zone will remain on "pause" until further direction is received by the City Council.

  • Joint City Council / Planning Commission Meeting - Evaluation of Problem and Approach

    3 months ago

    The City Council and Planning Commission held a joint study session on August 20th, related to the Community Facility rezone and code amendment. Following the joint study session, the City Council asked the Planning Commission to: A) review the “problem” and proposed solutions to determine if an alternative approach to solving the "problem" is warranted, B) explore alternative decision-making processes (e.g. Conditional Use Permit, Development Agreement, etc), and C) report back to City Council for further direction.

    Work on the third draft of the Community Facility rezone and code amendment will remain on "pause" while the Planning Commission completes this...

    The City Council and Planning Commission held a joint study session on August 20th, related to the Community Facility rezone and code amendment. Following the joint study session, the City Council asked the Planning Commission to: A) review the “problem” and proposed solutions to determine if an alternative approach to solving the "problem" is warranted, B) explore alternative decision-making processes (e.g. Conditional Use Permit, Development Agreement, etc), and C) report back to City Council for further direction.

    Work on the third draft of the Community Facility rezone and code amendment will remain on "pause" while the Planning Commission completes this work and pending further direction from the City Council.

    The Planning Commission is scheduled to begin their work on October 16th, and are anticipated to continue their review in October and November, with a report back to the City Council in December.

  • CFZ Process Paused

    4 months ago

    Today Interim City Manager, Jessi Bon, and Community Planning and Development Director, Evan Maxim, made the decision to "push pause" on the planning work related to the Community Facility Zone and code amendments. The City originally intended to release a third draft of the code amendment for Planning Commission review on August 7. Given ongoing concerns expressed by the community, the City is suspending this work and will not be releasing another draft in August. Instead, the City will take time to re-evaluate the process and approach before investing additional time and resources into this planning effort. The joint City Council-Planning Commission meeting scheduled for August 20 will include a discussion of the Community Facility Zone planning work and next steps.

    Today Interim City Manager, Jessi Bon, and Community Planning and Development Director, Evan Maxim, made the decision to "push pause" on the planning work related to the Community Facility Zone and code amendments. The City originally intended to release a third draft of the code amendment for Planning Commission review on August 7. Given ongoing concerns expressed by the community, the City is suspending this work and will not be releasing another draft in August. Instead, the City will take time to re-evaluate the process and approach before investing additional time and resources into this planning effort. The joint City Council-Planning Commission meeting scheduled for August 20 will include a discussion of the Community Facility Zone planning work and next steps.

  • Upcoming Meetings and Release of Draft 3

    4 months ago

    UPDATE (7/26/2019): The release of a third draft and the August 7 and August 21 Planning Commission discussions have been postponed. More information


    Staff is currently preparing the third draft of the Community Facilities Zone code amendment. The draft will be released in advance of the next Planning Commission Public Meeting on August 7, 2019. The Planning Commission will conduct its first review of the draft at this meeting, and a second review of the draft is scheduled for August 21, 2019. In addition, The City Council and the Planning Commission will hold a joint meeting on August 20, in part to discuss the Community Facilities Zone code amendment.

    August 7, 6pm @ Mercer Island City Hall: Planning Commission Public Meeting - 1st review of Draft 3

    August 20, 5pm @ Mercer Island City Hall: City Council/Planning Commission Joint Meeting - Discussion of Community Facilities Zone Code Amendment

    August 21, 6pm @ Mercer Island City Hall: Planning Commission Public Meeting - 2nd review of Draft 3


    This post will be updated when the third draft of the code amendment has been posted for public review and comment.

    UPDATE (7/26/2019): The release of a third draft and the August 7 and August 21 Planning Commission discussions have been postponed. More information


    Staff is currently preparing the third draft of the Community Facilities Zone code amendment. The draft will be released in advance of the next Planning Commission Public Meeting on August 7, 2019. The Planning Commission will conduct its first review of the draft at this meeting, and a second review of the draft is scheduled for August 21, 2019. In addition, The City Council and the Planning Commission will hold a joint meeting on August 20, in part to discuss the Community Facilities Zone code amendment.

    August 7, 6pm @ Mercer Island City Hall: Planning Commission Public Meeting - 1st review of Draft 3

    August 20, 5pm @ Mercer Island City Hall: City Council/Planning Commission Joint Meeting - Discussion of Community Facilities Zone Code Amendment

    August 21, 6pm @ Mercer Island City Hall: Planning Commission Public Meeting - 2nd review of Draft 3


    This post will be updated when the third draft of the code amendment has been posted for public review and comment.

  • An Update on Process

    5 months ago

    Following a review of the second draft of the Community Facility Zone regulations on June 4 and June 18, the Planning Commission has directed the City staff to prepare a third draft of the regulations. As of June 20, 2019, the staff is working on the third draft; release of the third draft will occur in late July, with Planning Commission review continuing from late July through August. A community meeting is tentatively planned for after the release of the third draft, as well. This page will be updated with more details and meeting dates as they are available.


    Following a review of the second draft of the Community Facility Zone regulations on June 4 and June 18, the Planning Commission has directed the City staff to prepare a third draft of the regulations. As of June 20, 2019, the staff is working on the third draft; release of the third draft will occur in late July, with Planning Commission review continuing from late July through August. A community meeting is tentatively planned for after the release of the third draft, as well. This page will be updated with more details and meeting dates as they are available.


  • Updated Draft Code Amendment Now Available

    6 months ago

    The Planning Commission last discussed the draft Community Facilities Zone code on January 30, 2019. Since that time a subcommittee of the Planning Commission has worked with staff to refine and revise the initial version of the draft code. The result is the current draft. The Planning Commission will review and discuss this updated draft on June 5, 2019, beginning at 6:00 pm at Mercer Island City Hall.

    Staff Memo to Planning Commission 6-5-19

    Draft Code Amendment 6-5-19

    The Planning Commission last discussed the draft Community Facilities Zone code on January 30, 2019. Since that time a subcommittee of the Planning Commission has worked with staff to refine and revise the initial version of the draft code. The result is the current draft. The Planning Commission will review and discuss this updated draft on June 5, 2019, beginning at 6:00 pm at Mercer Island City Hall.

    Staff Memo to Planning Commission 6-5-19

    Draft Code Amendment 6-5-19

  • Community Facility Zone Hearing Postponed

    9 months ago

    The City of Mercer Island is postponing the public hearing for the code amendment for the proposed Community Facility zone, initially scheduled for April 3, 2019. The City is working to identify a new date and will provide at least 30 days’ notice once the hearing has been rescheduled.

    The public hearing is being rescheduled to allow the community, community organizations, and the Planning Commission more time to review and discuss the proposed amendments. In their initial review, the Planning Commission had a number of items that they wanted to revise, and at least one more Planning Commission subcommittee meeting is desired.

    The City’s goal is to prepare a well-crafted set of draft regulations that fulfill the intent of the City Council. To do so, we need more time for both the staff and the community to work through the discussion.

    The City of Mercer Island is postponing the public hearing for the code amendment for the proposed Community Facility zone, initially scheduled for April 3, 2019. The City is working to identify a new date and will provide at least 30 days’ notice once the hearing has been rescheduled.

    The public hearing is being rescheduled to allow the community, community organizations, and the Planning Commission more time to review and discuss the proposed amendments. In their initial review, the Planning Commission had a number of items that they wanted to revise, and at least one more Planning Commission subcommittee meeting is desired.

    The City’s goal is to prepare a well-crafted set of draft regulations that fulfill the intent of the City Council. To do so, we need more time for both the staff and the community to work through the discussion.

  • Community Meeting #3 Summary

    10 months ago
    Community meeting

    The City hosted the third Community Meeting on the evening of January 24. The focus of this meeting was to provide an overview of the draft code amendment, in advance of the January 30th Planning Commission meeting, when the commission will be taking public comment on the draft. Senior Planner, Nicole Gaudette, gave a presentation on the key provisions in the draft, followed by Q and A with the community members in attendance. The Planning Commission is looking forward to receiving feedback from the community on the draft code amendment. The community is encouraged to attend the January 30th meeting...

    The City hosted the third Community Meeting on the evening of January 24. The focus of this meeting was to provide an overview of the draft code amendment, in advance of the January 30th Planning Commission meeting, when the commission will be taking public comment on the draft. Senior Planner, Nicole Gaudette, gave a presentation on the key provisions in the draft, followed by Q and A with the community members in attendance. The Planning Commission is looking forward to receiving feedback from the community on the draft code amendment. The community is encouraged to attend the January 30th meeting to comment on the draft. Comments may also be submitted online or via email.

    Planning Commission Public Meeting

    January 30, 6:00pm
    Mercer Island City Hall, Council Chambers
  • Draft Code Amendment Posted

    10 months ago
    Setback map

    The materials for the January 30th Planning Commission meeting have now been posted, including:

    Staff Memo to the Planning Commission

    Draft Code Amendment (Attachment A)

    Summary of the Proposed Code (Attachment B)

    Maps of Major Zoning Provisions (Attachment C)


    The City will host an information session on the proposed code amendment on January 24 at 6:00pm at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. The Planning Commission will review the draft code and hear public comment on January 30th at 6:00pm at City Hall. You are also encouraged to post comments and ask questions online.

    The materials for the January 30th Planning Commission meeting have now been posted, including:

    Staff Memo to the Planning Commission

    Draft Code Amendment (Attachment A)

    Summary of the Proposed Code (Attachment B)

    Maps of Major Zoning Provisions (Attachment C)


    The City will host an information session on the proposed code amendment on January 24 at 6:00pm at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. The Planning Commission will review the draft code and hear public comment on January 30th at 6:00pm at City Hall. You are also encouraged to post comments and ask questions online.

  • Community Meeting #2 Summary

    10 months ago
    Community meeting 2

    The December 13th Community Meeting was well-attended with approximately 35 people, including several planning commissioners. After a brief presentation from staff, the majority of the meeting was spent in small group conversations to glean input on the desired outcomes at the the JCC/FASPS/HNT site. The discussion also included a reconvening and sharing of feedback from each of the groups. Notes from the small group discussions and the reconvening are available in the document library. There was general consensus around a few main themes, including:

    • Height limits, lot coverage, and gross floor area should be consistent with surrounding...

    The December 13th Community Meeting was well-attended with approximately 35 people, including several planning commissioners. After a brief presentation from staff, the majority of the meeting was spent in small group conversations to glean input on the desired outcomes at the the JCC/FASPS/HNT site. The discussion also included a reconvening and sharing of feedback from each of the groups. Notes from the small group discussions and the reconvening are available in the document library. There was general consensus around a few main themes, including:

    • Height limits, lot coverage, and gross floor area should be consistent with surrounding properties
    • Limit uses to those currently allowed on the site
    • No blank solid walls
    • Limit lighting intensity
    • Require screening with vegetation
    • Retain trees
    • Access from an arterial (no access from 40th)
    • Improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities to address safety issues
    • Reduce automobile demand
    • Address traffic impacts
    • Provide adequate on-site parking
    • Prevent construction impacts to the neighborhood


    City staff are now working to transform the feedback on community concerns and desired outcomes into draft development regulations and a code amendment. A Community Information Session will be held on January 24 to review the draft code amendment (to be posted online on January 23). This information session is intended to help the community get informed about the provisions of the draft code amendment, and to provide an opportunity to ask questions in advance of the January 30th Planning Commission meeting. The Planning Commission is seeking public comment on the draft at the January 30th meeting (and comments can be posted here anytime).


    Community Meeting #3: Draft Code Amendment Info Session

    January 24, 2019, 6:00pm

    Mercer Island Community and Event Center, Slater Room

    RSVP