145the zoning - Planning Commission public hearing Thursday

Sunday, April 3, 2016

By Diane Hettrick

If you have any interest at all in the zoning changes for the 145th subarea, the Planning Commission is the head of the stream.

If you wait until the City Council is making decisions, your task will be akin to making a U-turn with a battleship.

This is true of many City decisions. This one is different in that it will affect so many people - and that there is precedent in the wide and high changes made in the 185th rezone.

Thursday, the Shoreline Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 7pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N.

Agenda Highlights
  • PUBLIC HEARING on Preferred Alternative Zoning to be studied for Final Environmental Impact Statement for 145th Street Light Rail Station Subarea
  • Development Code Amendments Pertaining to Light Rail Systems and Facilities
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The Planning Commission members are volunteers, residents of Shoreline. Most have backgrounds in planning, land use, or real estate. All are there because they feel they have expertise to share and care about what happens to Shoreline.


Janet Way April 4, 2016 at 11:25 AM  

Great advice from SAN.

Please DO send a comment and show up! More later.

Anonymous,  April 4, 2016 at 3:41 PM  

If this goes anything like 185th did, you can fully expect the "preferred alternative" to be twice as big an area and the density doubled or tripled from what is currently proposed.

Make no mistake... some members of the City Council, Planning Commission, Planning Staff, and even the consultants must be seething from the community backlash they've received and they're going to wield what power they have to teach us a lesson in obedience. We all know that they're going to do whatever they want, despite the voices and demands from the citizens of Shoreline.

Because... what better way to prevent public involvement in the future?

This upzoning fiasco (Not the light rail... but the upzoning) is one of the biggest deceptions, along with Point Wells, that has occurred in Shoreline since the City was voted into existence. It has gotten unprecedented large mobs of angry, yet articulate, people providing testimony at City Hall month after month.

What better way for the powers that be to suppress public involvement in the future than to go completely against the vision of the Shoreline residents? Go ahead and show up in en masse... your voices and concerns don't matter. But those of our developer buddies and their shills most certainly do.

If the powers that be aren't going to listen to us, why not make their roles as difficult as possible until the time comes that they can voted out? Until we can vote in a council that is going to reign in an out-of-control City Staff that are gambling and playing games with our biggest investments, why not show up and make their meetings uncomfortable and stressful, just as they've made our lives stressful and uncertain?

Anonymous,  April 4, 2016 at 3:56 PM  

Oh... and by the way... council, commission, staff... these well attended meetings with an engaged public are simply a growing pain of "changing" and "vibrant" neighborhoods. It's all part of the process of becoming "more urbanized" and the changing demographic, and unprecedented growth that our region is experiencing. All those "millennials" that are flocking to Shoreline for the affordable single family homes, not the high-density urban villages.

Sherry Andersen April 4, 2016 at 10:38 PM  

As the Planning Commission, your duty is to plan the process, be in compliance with the law, to engage and communicate with your constituents and to communicate your vision for the final result. In the absence of communication, disclosure and engagement with the community, you have created a nightmare for those of us who have no choice but to try to live with your decisions. You need to do a better job of "selling" your plans and allow for feedback. We are not opposed to Sound Transit. However, I am angry and opposed to the manner in which the Shoreline City Council has handled the huge, over-reaching proposal. Sound Transit is coming, their projected spending on the project is disgusting. Nonetheless, the City Council believes that they must rush to irreversible plans for the citizens of Shoreline. What is the reason for the scorched earth approach to planning and rezoning. Please do not distance yourselves from the decisions being made by the City of Shoreline. What you do is part and parcel of the entire problem. The problem is that the citizenry has no voice. If this is so good for us, convince us and listen to us. We live here and we know what should be done. I know your job is complicated, so use the resources from the community. Please do not place the needs of Bellevue before the neighbors whose daily lives and peaceful neighborhoods are being offered up as necessary sacrifices. Engage the people who will be sacrificing. You should be appalled at the numbers of residents who still do not know about the Radical Rezone. This rezoning is so incredibly (yes, unbelievable) over-reaching. There is so much more that needs to be addressed before a single step forward can be taken: police, fire, schools, taxation, sewer, surface water, the environment,supplying utilities to the thousands of new residents, Metro interface with population centers and the train stations. The most important is quality of life. Additonally, I am asking you to reject doing the Planned Action Ordinance, R-6 around all Parks, 20 year timeline for Phase I with required SEPA review and Council vote for Phase II.

Anonymous,  April 5, 2016 at 11:45 AM  

Keith Scully, what is your stance on this now that you were voted in?

Anonymous,  April 5, 2016 at 12:47 PM  

They should redo all the trashy areas around 145th. Rezone rezone rezone !

Anonymous,  April 5, 2016 at 5:28 PM  

So Anon, 12.47... Paramount Park, Twin Ponds Park and the wetlands are "junky" and should therefore be paved over to make way for nasty strip malls with starbucks, chipotles, and dry cleaners? Apparently, "junky" is in the eye of the beholder.

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