Port of Everett Commission and Mukilteo City Council Adopt Vision and Guidelines for Mukilteo's Waterfront Redevelopment
EVERETT, WASH. – The Port of Everett Commission and the Mukilteo City Council have unanimously adopted a unified vision and set of guiding principles for the redevelopment of the Mukilteo waterfront after an extensive public outreach process.
The approved Vision Statement reads:
Mukilteo’s waterfront is a welcoming and convenient gathering place. It provides a year-round mix of uses that promotes culture, recreation and entertainment. It offers easy access to the beach, businesses and wonders of the Salish Sea.
The approved Guiding Principles are:
- Authentically Mukilteo
- Pedestrian Friendly
- Year-Round Destination
- Environmentally Responsible & Sustainably Minded
- Celebrates Culture
- Thoughtful Parking
- Education Focused
- Transportation & Maritime Hub
- Boating & Shoreline Access
Each guiding principle includes a description to inform any future planning and development.
Future waterfront development should align with the adopted vision statement and guiding principles. It is the intent of the Mukilteo City Council that the City's Waterfront Master Plan be incorporated in the future planning process.
The next step is for the City and Port to develop a memorandum of understanding to determine how a partnership would work going forward. If approved, the Port would ask its contractor, NBBJ, to start putting pen to paper and establish a path forward to bring these community-vetted vision and guiding principles to life.
“I am excited about working together with the Port and other stakeholders on moving the waterfront development forward. I’m thrilled about the possibilities.”
Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine
“The adoption of a unified vision of the City and the Port is the first of many actions that will be required to successfully develop the waterfront in a way that is in keeping of the guidance of this action. I believe we are stronger when we work together, and we both have special resources and skills to bring to the table to get this development on the right path.”
Port of Everett Commissioner Tom Stiger
“I want to thank the stakeholders and the Port of Everett for putting this study together, and I’d also like to thank those who participated in the surveys. The community feedback that helped to craft the vision and guiding principles do strengthen our Waterfront Master Plan, which is our guideline for waterfront development. We look forward to working with the Port on this in the future.”
Mukilteo City Council President Steve Schmalz
“I’m really happy with all the input that we got from the citizens of Mukilteo and surrounding communities. It was great to see the City Council approve the vision statement and guiding principles, which everyone gave input into. I’m really looking forward to the City and the Port of Everett working together to actualize the vision and guiding principles and create a great new waterfront for the community.”
Mukilteo City Council Member/Waterfront Stakeholder Workgroup Representative Tom Jordal
In January 2022, the Port hired NBBJ, an architecture, planning and design firm, to begin initial planning, including data gathering and community engagement, to help inform the vision and future development planning. With 11 property owners over 26 acres, the waterfront needs a comprehensive development strategy to ensure a quality and accessible mix of uses at the waterfront. The study area stretches from Mukilteo’s Lighthouse Park to Edgewater Beach.
This effort was spurred by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration not moving forward with their new research station at the waterfront, and the property coming back to the Port.
A stakeholder workgroup was convened in February that represented a broad spectrum of interests and attractions in Mukilteo – from business, recreation and transportation, to history, tribes, culture and education. Their assignment was to help frame up a draft vision and a draft set of guiding principles to go out to the public for feedback.
The Port, in partnership with the City of Mukilteo, in May launched an online survey, sent a direct mailer to thousands of residents and hosted a well-attended community open house on May 5. More than 225 people attended the event at Rosehill Community Center and provided over 280 comments. More than 850 comments were received in total throughout the outreach process, and the stakeholder group helped modify the draft vision and guiding principles to incorporate the feedback. All Mukilteo City Council members were given the opportunity for an individual interview by the architect as part of this process.
Learn more about the project and see the vision statement and guiding principles at www.portofeverett.com/mukilteo.
For more information, contact Catherine Soper, Port of Everett Communications & Marketing Director, at email@example.com.
More about the Mukilteo Waterfront Project
The Port of Everett led the effort in 1999 to secure the former Mukilteo Tank Farm for the community. After a nearly 20-year effort, the property was transferred to the Port in 2013. In 2016, the land was conveyed to the City of Mukilteo, and sold to the other partners to facilitate commerce, transportation and economic development. With the former NOAA site set to transfer back to Port ownership soon, an opportunity arose for the Port and City to work together to move the development of Mukilteo’s waterfront forward.