First comment period on 145th subarea closes Friday

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The comment period for what will be studied in the upcoming Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the 145th Street Station Subarea Plan closes this Friday.

This comment process is called “scoping” and allows interested parties to provide input on the elements and potential zoning scenarios that will be studied in the EIS.

More information about the proposed elements and zoning scenarios, which were the subject of the October 9 Design Workshop, are available online

If you would like to comment on any of the topics to be studied in the Draft EIS or on the potential zoning scenarios, please submit comments through this SEPA Scoping comment form, through October 31.

On November 10, Council will consider all comments submitted through this form, by letter or email, or during public comment at the meeting, and decide on the topics and zoning scenarios to be analyzed in the Draft EIS.

Next, the consultant team, OTAK, will perform the environmental analysis.

The City will publish the Draft EIS document and host a public meeting, anticipated for mid-January 2015. 

Following the publication of the Draft EIS, there will be another 30-day comment period, culminating in a public hearing before the Planning Commission. 

Then the Council will choose one Preferred Alternative zoning scenario to undergo additional analysis in a Final EIS.


6 comments:

soundoffshoreline October 29, 2014 at 11:44 PM  

If you scroll to the VERY BOTTOM of the 145th St Station Subarea page, you will find that the VERY LAST LINK will bring you to a page with descriptions/pictures of what MUR-35, MUR-45, and MUR-85 mean... 3 to 7 stories. But don't worry folks, this a "100 year build out", and I mean that in the most sarcastic way.

“You don’t want to go into established single-family, middle-income neighborhoods and attempt to spawn TOD. “ http://its.berkeley.edu/btl/2012/spring/tod

The 145th/185th station areas of Shoreline are not abandoned industrial areas like Portland's Pearl District,

or stagnant, run-down commercial zones,

or depressed, existing, high-density urban areas,

or vast open spaces.

Light Rail and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) are wonderful pursuits, and I would love to see Light Rail in Shoreline, but it has to be done right. Handing over our neighborhoods on a silver platter to the whims of 'market forces and individual homeowner decisions' and expedited/incentivized development is a simpleton's solution. I expect more from the City Planning Staff, Planning Commission, and Council.

soundoffshoreline October 29, 2014 at 11:45 PM  

http://shorelinewa.gov/government/departments/planning-community-development/planning-projects/light-rail-station-area-planning/zoning-in-station-areas

soundoffshoreline October 30, 2014 at 1:25 AM  

Some other points of interest from the 145th St Station "Marketing Brochure": http://www.shorelinewa.gov/home/showdocument?id=17748

Tucked away at the very end of this document: "DEVELOPMENT INTERESTS WORKSHOP...€ On June 5, 2014, members of the project team
met with design and development professionals. The team presented demographics that could influence development potential in the station
subarea."

I'm not even in the baby boomer demographic, but I find the term "silver tsunami", quite offensive. Is this "silver tsunami" a tidal wave of cash that the senior housing industry is banking on raking in?

For anyone interested in the real definition of “Aging in Place":

"More recently “Aging in place” is a term used in marketing by those in the rapidly evolving senior housing industry.” http://www.seniorresource.com/ageinpl.htm

Janet Way October 30, 2014 at 8:57 AM  

As someone who is finding myself in the "silver" demographic, I do find the term offensive.

And leaving us all in the hands of organizations like Aegis Assisted Living is a scary thought! And while we have some responsible caregivers and group homes here, there are many that are far from responsible, and even some that can be labelled abusive.

"Aging in place" is meant to mean allowing seniors ( some of whom are of the Greatest Generation, who have actually built this community) to stay IN THEIR HOMES, not to scoop up their retirement in order to line the pockets of developers.

Yes we need some good developers to help us build in Shoreline, and I realize that things will change. But let's make policies that are FOR the people who live here now, not just for developers, city staff or fantasy future residents.

Please send in your comments and wade through the difficult City web pages. Please DO submit your thoughts on what you want for YOUR community!

Thank you!

Anonymous,  October 30, 2014 at 9:21 AM  

and I suppose the menopausal surge will be called the 'flash flood.' Then there's the 'black plague,' the 'white out,'

Anonymous,  October 30, 2014 at 9:26 AM  

These are detention camps. The 'barbed wire' comes later.

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