2013 Comprehensive Plan amendments include Point Wells

Saturday, January 26, 2013

From Shoreline Planning and Community Development

On February 7, the Planning Commission will review proposed 2013 Docket of proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments and will forward a recommendation to the City Council. The sole purpose of this recommendation is to specify which of the proposed amendments City staff should add to the work plan for further study and analysis in 2013. The State Growth Management Act generally limits the City to amending its Comprehensive Plan once a year and requires that it create a Docket (or list) of the amendments to be considered. Even though the Comprehensive Plan just underwent a major update, the City is permitted to amend the document once a year to reflect any changes in the community.

In anticipation of the City reaching an agreement with BSRE Point Wells, LP (BSRE) on conducting a Transportation Corridor Study on mitigating adverse impacts from its proposed development of Point Wells, City staff have submitted a proposal to amend the Point Wells Subarea Plan and the Capital Facilities and Transportation Elements of the Comprehensive Plan for consideration in 2013. Proposed amendments include increasing the total vehicle trips per day allowed on NW Richmond Beach Drive in conjunction with mitigation projects and funding needed to maintain adopted levels of service for this road, and reclassification of NW Richmond Beach Drive from a local street to a collector arterial.

Anyone can submit amendments to be considered for inclusion on the City’s annual Docket. City staff’s proposed amendments were the only amendment applications submitted for inclusion on the 2013 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket.

The amendment application will be reviewed at the February 7th Planning Commission meeting for the purposes of forwarding a recommendation to the City Council regarding whether or not this item should be placed on the 2013 Docket. City Council will confirm the content of the 2013 Docket in late February.

For more information about the 2013 Docket and upcoming meetings, visit this site.


Anonymous,  January 26, 2013 at 7:29 PM  

Observe how the City of Shoreline did not disclose sooner its plans to amend its Comprehensive Plan to allow increased traffic on Richmond Beach Drive. This press release comes only after the December 31 deadline for the community to submit its amendment proposals. The City does not want the public to know what it is doing. They do not want the public to interfere. They want to play hide the thimble.

Do not allow this blatant public deception to continue. Vote all 4 incumbents out in November.

Tracy Tallman,  January 27, 2013 at 12:14 PM  

Why does this change to the Comprehensive Master Plan need to be made now? Let's wait and see what the developer comes up with in his "Transportation Corridor Study" before making any changes.

Certainly this section of Richmond Beach Drive cannot withstand this type of traffic as it is configured.

Anonymous,  January 27, 2013 at 2:24 PM  

It will all be a moot point if the coal train goes thru. Who is going to buy a condo above the train tracks that are spewing coal dust

Anonymous,  January 27, 2013 at 5:01 PM  

@2:24 You apparently have not checked out the view from Point Wells. The coal dust does not spew, any more than the heavy metals spew from I-5, which millions brave daily.

Anonymous,  January 31, 2013 at 5:57 PM  

when you live right along NW 195th and Richmond Beach Road, for instance, the impact will be huge. Who is to say what traffic volume is acceptable (acceptable to whom?). This is not just about the # of cars, it's also about getting in and out of your driveway safely (depending on the time of day that can be challenging as is), it's also about the huge amount of speeding that occurs. Beyond that the community will be impact quite a lot by Paine Field (if turning it into a satellite airport to SeaTac which has been their goal for decades). Then we have the trains and/or possible future addition of more coal trains which do not only add soot, decreasing air quality but also noise in the middle of the night with horns blowing, etc.
I don't understand why at least the PW issue isn't being dealt with by Snohomish county only. They could certainly build a bridge (much like what connects many little islands in Florida, for instance). Problem solved and the money is all theirs instead of having to share with KC/Woodway/City of Shoreline. It's costs? so what? The cost of having to tell the buyer of your home (when you want to sell) that you live in a severely impacted noise area (like Paine Field, etc.) most certainly comes at the cost of reduced property values. Do our elected officials care? do any of them live in the impacted areas? Remember this: if you don't like what they do? vote them out. Put their feet to the fire. Not everything is about revenue. It's also about the sanity of its citizens. We should strive to improve the quality of life around here and preserve it - not destroy it!!

Anonymous,  February 4, 2013 at 10:07 AM  

A quote from a City of Shoreline employee "history does not make money". Did you know the majority of the staff do not live in Shoreline. Where is NW Richmond Beach Dr? Maine?

Anonymous,  February 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM  

Note that this is just to put it onto the docket- it does not mean they will be changing it at this point. It's a prelimimary step required by the law. Everyone needs to be talking to the Snohomish County Council - they are the decisionmakers. The Shoreline City Council has been trying to come to an agreement with the developer because we have no legal standing to stop the development. This property is not in Shoreline. Yes it is unfair, but it is the law. We have sued at 3 different levels and have not won. There will be a number of community meetings in late Feb., March and April. Be there and have your voice heard!

Anonymous,  February 7, 2013 at 6:15 AM  

My opinion is that it is the City of Shoreline's responsibility to represent the citizens of Shoreline, including Richmond Beach, not to further the goals of Blue Square Real Estate. I have yet to be convinced that the ongoing efforts of the City of Shoreline to collaborate with BSRE has had or will have a positive outcome for Shoreline citizens. Could someone please explain how we, the citizens, have been protected through this collaboration? Why is the City of Shoreline LITERALLY PAVING THE STREETS for BSRE’s urban development at Point Wells? I adamantly oppose the proposed reversal on classification of Richmond Beach Drive. It is currently designated as Local Street. It is a Local Street and there is absolutely no advantage to the residents of Richmond Beach/Citizens of Shoreline to increase capacity of the road to a collector arterial. Again, how has the City of Shoreline’s ongoing negotiation with the developer maintained or protected our quality of life in Richmond Beach?

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