April 16, 2019 | Tree Policies, Town Hall and More
Posted on 04/23/2019

The Newcastle City Council roundups offer a digest of notable items for those who can't make it to the regular meetings. Listen to the audio from the April 16, 2019, meeting here and view the meeting agenda packet here. View past City Council roundups at newcastlewa.gov/councilrecaps.


— The Newcastle City Council discussed City tree policies during the April 16 regular meeting. The Council directed staff to present further information about tree-fee-in-lieu regulations at a future meeting. As City code currently states, if significant trees cannot be retained or replaced on site of a development, “the applicant shall pay a fee in lieu of retained or replaced trees. The fee-in-lieu may be used to satisfy all or part of the significant tree retention or replacement requirements.” The Council is requesting additional information on the fee-in-lieu regulations and how the City can use those funds.

— Save the date! The Newcastle City Council’s June 18 regular meeting is canceled. Instead, the Council will hold its annual Town Hall meeting at The Golf Club at Newcastle at 6 p.m. This year’s meeting will offer residents a chance to learn about and offer feedback on the Fiscal Sustainability Plan (learn more at newcastlewa.gov/fiscalplan).

— According to the most recent data from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, 475 Newcastle families were considered “housing insecure” in 2015, because they were spending more than half of their income on housing. In an effort to raise awareness about the critical need to preserve and increase affordable housing in our communities, the City of Newcastle joins cities across the region in proclaiming May 13-17 Affordable Housing Week. Read the proclamation here.

The Newcastle City Council wants to hear from you! Members of the public are invited to share thoughts during public hearings or two open public comment periods at meetings. Regular meetings of the City Council occur on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at City Hall, starting at 7 p.m. You can also email your thoughts to councilmembers. To send a message to the entire council, email the city clerk at saram@newcastlewa.gov. You can also email them individually (view all councilmember emails here). 

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