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Budget workshop on the work session agenda

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – The College Place City Council will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The first item on the agenda is a final fiscal year 2020 budget workshop.

Also on the agenda, council will consider developing a program to encourage catalytic development throughout the College Avenue core of the community. According to records, the concept behind this program is borrowed from a successful one in Ferndale, Washington.

“Basically it would be a competitive incentive in which some permitting fees would be reduced or waived for one mixed-use project of catalytic nature a year in the College Avenue Mixed-Use District zone that satisfy the vision of the 2018 Comprehensive Plan and the College Avenue Design Guidelines,” City Administrator Mike Rizzitiello said.

Rizzitiello said the Economic Development Advisory Commission would evaluate proposals and forward recommendations to city council for the ultimate decision.

“The City of Ferndale, Washington developed a similar program to help spur investment in their downtown and the Economic Development Advisory Commission has worked on this proposal for the last couple of months and voted to forward it to city Council for consideration,” Rizzitiello told KTEL News.

Council will also discuss a youth recreation program proposal which, according to Rizzitiello, basically would continue for another year the summer youth camp that has been in place for the last two years with United Way of the Blue Mountains, which matches the city’s contributions.

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