145th Rezone documents released: wetland and stream assessment, high groundwater or peat conditions

Friday, February 19, 2016

Critical areas
Paramount Open Space
The City of Shoreline has commissioned additional technical analysis for the 145th Street Station Subarea Plan, consisting of two technical memoranda, which will be incorporated as an addendum to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement issued January 2015.

The first memo is a Wetland and Stream Assessment for areas near Twin Ponds Park and Paramount Open Space, and the second outlines Geotechnical Considerations for High Groundwater or Peat Conditions.

The wetlands and streams assessment and related mapping has helped to clarify the expected limits of streams, wetlands, and buffers in the Paramount Open Space and Twin Ponds Park areas. 
The City may determine, after review of the assessment, to either include these land areas in the rezoning alternatives or to retain these areas in their existing zoning of single family R6. 
Public park lands would be retained in open space/park use in both rezoning alternatives. 
As such, decision-making will focus on whether or not to rezone properties outside the publicly-owned park and open space lands that appear to contain portions of wetlands, streams, and associated buffer areas.

Critical areas
Twin Ponds Park
Although not required, the City is offering a 30 day comment period on this addendum, and will accept comments through Monday, March 21 at 5:00pm.

The Planning Commission will be considering how to move forward with the rezoning alternatives analyzed in the DEIS (and further evaluated in the FEIS) and identification of a preferred alternative for the subarea. 
As part of this ongoing decision-making process, the Planning Commission may recommend to either include land areas with potential wetlands, streams, and buffers in the rezoning alternatives or to retain these areas in their existing zoning of single family R6.
It is recommended that the Planning Commission continue to include the properties surrounding the Paramount Open Space and Twin Ponds Park areas in the two rezoning alternatives. 

All the details for this reasoning are in these documents.

Send comments to Miranda Redinger by email or mail to 17500 Midvale Avenue N, Shoreline, WA 98133.


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