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Downtown Waterfront Master Plan

The City of Mukilteo is in the process of creating a Master Plan for the downtown waterfront. This Master Plan will incorporate the changes regarding the location of the ferry and ferry loading areas, while also enhancing the pedestrian mobility. Please stay tuned for more updates regarding the development of the Master Plan.

On January 4, 2016 the City Council APPROVED the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan
Click here to view a copy of the adopted plan.​​

City Council Public Hearing
The City Council will hold a public hearing to consider the latest draft of the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 at Mukilteo City Hall, 11930 Cyrus Way.  Click here to view a copy of the latest draft plan.​

Parks & Arts Commission Public Hearing
The Parks & Arts Commission will hold a public hearing to consider the latest draft of the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 at Mukilteo City Hall, 11930 Cyrus Way.  Click here to view a copy of the staff report, draft plan, and other supporting documents.

Open House

The Waterfront Master Plan Public Open House was held on Tuesday, October 21st.  The purpose of the meeting was to share with the public both the Advisory Committee and the Parks and Arts Commissions ideas and development concepts. If you missed the open house, you can view the presentation below.   ​We are seeking comments from the general public at this time.  If you would like to make a comment, please fill out the form below and submit to the city.  
Advisory Committee Meeting

At the first Advisory Committee Meeting held on September 16th, there was an overall consensus of liking the “Playful” waterfront design best (Alternative A). See the links below for both concepts and the design themes / concepts.  The next step is to take the comments from the subcommittee to the Arts and Parks Commission on Thursday, October 2nd for their feedback and suggestions on moving forward with the Master Plan.  
Downtown Waterfront Master Plan Advisory Committee
  • Jennifer Baxter
  • John Collier
  • Christine Cook
  • Bob Donegan
  • Chris Hill
  • Elaine Knapp
  • Mark Lee
  • Christine Awad Schmalz
  • Steve Schmalz 
  • Sharan Smith
  • Kevin Stoltz
  • Mike Talbot
  • Nicole Thomsen
  • Jeanmarie Trapp

Meeting Date & Time Place Action
Advisory Committee Meeting # 1: Tuesday,
September 16 at 6:30 - 9:00 pm. 
City Hall
11930 Cyrus Way
Mukilteo, WA 98275
We will meet at City Hall for introductions and then tour the waterfront.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes because part of that meeting time will be walking the waterfront and talking about points of interest to gather information about future development ideas.
Parks and Arts Commission Update:  Thursday, October 2 at 7:00 pm.  City Hall As Committee members you do not need to attend this meeting if you don’t want to.  At this meeting staff will review the actions and results of the first Advisory Committee Meeting and get the Parks and Arts Commission’s feedback and suggestions for moving forward with the Master Plan.
Public Open House: Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  City Hall The purpose of this meeting is to share with the public both the Advisory Committee and the Parks and Arts Commissions ideas and development concepts.  We will be seeking comments from the general public at this time; as a Committee member you are welcome to attend, but attendance is not required.
Advisory Committee Meeting #2:  Tuesday, November 4 at 6:30 – 8:30 pm.   City Hall We will reconvene at City Hall to review all of the comments and suggestions from the first meeting, the PAC meeting and the public open house to refine the concepts down to a recommended plan. 
City Council Update:  Monday, November 17 City Hall Staff will update the City Council on the progress and recommended Master Plan concepts.
December / January:  N/A N/A Staff will prepare the Master Plan document and circulate it for formal public review.

Advisory Committee Meeting #3
Tuesday, March 17, at 6:30 - 8:30 pm City Hall Work on prioritizing and phasing the projects for the master plan.  The following plans were discussed.

Preferred Alternative Overall Plan
Preferred Alternative with Fewer Trees
Preferred Alternative with Trees

Advisory Committee Meeting #4 Wednesday, June 3 at 6:00 - 8:30 pm City Hall Review and discuss the Draft Downtown Waterfront Master Plan

Draft Downtown Waterfront Master Plan
Parks and Arts Commission Public Hearing Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm City Hall Parks and Arts Commission will hold a public hearing on the Master Plan.

City Council Public Hearing  Monday, October 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm
City Hall City Council will hold a public hearing and adopt the Final Master Plan.  

Outdated/Previous Plans

Current Policies
2012 Comprehensive Plan Policies

The City of Mukilteo sits on the shores of Possession Sound and is home to the Mukilteo / Clinton Ferry terminal served by State Route 525.  This busy waterfront includes Lighthouse Park, Losvar Condominiums, the ferry terminal, restaurants, a hotel, NOAA facilities, the recently transferred Tank Farm site, Edgewater Beach Park and the Port of Everett Barge Rail Facility. 
Washington State Ferries (WSF), Port of Everett, Sound Transit, Department of Defense / US Air Force, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), City of Mukilteo and others have been meeting regularly over the past four years to issue an Environmental Impact Statement to relocate the Mukilteo / Clinton Ferry Terminal facilities and establish a smooth transition for the transfer and development of the Mukilteo Tank Farm property.  This transfer occurred in October 2013.  The Mukilteo Multimodal Project includes moving the Mukilteoas described in the Mukilteo Multimodal Project Final Environmental Impact Statement issued June 7, 2013.  The shoreline permit for this relocation has been approved by the City of Mukilteo and the Department of Ecology.  Preliminary plans call for removal of a portion of the Tank Farm pier this coming fall.  A binding site plan subdividing the Tank Farm property into lots is also pending with the anticipation that it would be recorded by June / July of 2014.  Below is a concept drawing of the Modified Elliot Pointe 2 Alternative, however the storm water pond shown along Park Avenue has been deleted from the project. 

A Mukilteo Multimodal Terminal & Access Study (March 1995) and Mukilteo Tankfarm Master Plan (April 1999) were prepared in anticipation of the ferry terminal relocation and Tank Farm redevelopment.  With the adoption of the Mukilteo Multimodal Project EIS and implementation of the Modified Elliot Point 2 Alternative, these plans are now out of date.
Draft Master Plan Elements
The City anticipates that the Master Plan will need to address:

Waterfront Promenade: As properties develop, the City’s Shoreline Development Regulations require that a 15 foot wide pedestrian promenade be constructed along the waterfront edge from Park Avenue eastward to the Port of Everett Barge Rail Facility. The Master Plan will provide the design guidelines for future development projects to ensure a cohesive look along the entire waterfront.  Cohesive does not mean all portions of the promenade need to be the same; variations which accentuate the adjacent upland land uses are encouraged. Planning elements should include: design themes, materials, resting places, viewpoints, lighting, beach access, landscaping, and public art concepts.
Port of Everett Properties:  The waterfront promenade as described above will follow the rip-rap line of the Port of Everett properties (Lots 8 & 9) and future development will be required to setback five feet from the promenade for a total of 20 feet from the landward side of the rip-rap. It is not known at this time how these properties will be developed.  All future development will be subject to the City of Mukilteo Shoreline Regulations.
Japanese Gulch Creek Daylighting: Tract 3 – City Open Space is the planned location of the Japanese Gulch Creek Daylighting project.  This project will include removing a portion of the existing rip-rap and stabilizing the upland bank to create an open creek channel from Possession Sound to the new First Street.  Restoration would include creating the creek channel and estuary, buffer plantings, pedestrian trail, and a pedestrian bridge spanning the creek that will connect to either side of the promenade.  The intent of this Master Plan is not to design or evaluate the environmental components of this project; it will only illustrate the project concept. 
Mukilteo Ferry Terminal:  The pedestrian promenade will connect to both ends of the ferry terminal building; walkers will be able to either take stairs or an elevator to the elevated pedestrian promenade.  Graphics prepared by WSF is provided to show this connection.
Waterfront Park:  Tract 2 – Open Space and Lot 3 will be a future public waterfront park area owned by the City.  The promenade will continue through this property connecting to both the WSF property and the NOAA site.  This Master Plan will include preliminary park concepts for this space which will be later used to apply for future park grants.  This area may also include some space sharing with the adjacent property owner NOAA. 
The City and NOAA are also discussing a joint use public pier which may replace the “relocated fishing pier” shown on the WSF Preferred Alternative (Eliot Pointe 2 – Modified) graphic.  Locating the joint NOAA / City pier would be illustrative only; no design or environmental work would be required at this time to determine the exact location or size.
Park Avenue/Front Street:  Lot 1 will include a potential commercial mixed-use building, parking garage, or combination thereof along with the extension of Front Street to the above mentioned Waterfront Park.  Using the Shoreline Regulations building design guidelines, the Master Plan should look at the Park Avenue and Front Street frontages and how they would accentuate the existing businesses on Front Street and with potential redevelopment of the Ivar’s parking lot, the WSF holding lanes, and development of Lot 1. 
Potential Dive Park:  The City is considering expanding a portion of Park Avenue, in partnership with NOAA, to create a dive park staging area which would include parking, scuba showers, and/or a fish cleaning station. This Master Plan will include preliminary park concepts for this space which will be used later to apply for future grants. 
SR 525 / Front Street Intersection:  The Master Plan should include development concepts on how to improve the SR 525 / Front Street pedestrian intersection connections between Lighthouse Park and the Tank Farm properties after the ferry terminal has been relocated.  The City is interested in keeping the old ferry terminal building and transitioning it into some type of public use.
If you have questions, please contact Patricia Love at 425-263-8041 or at

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