Public hearing at Planning Commission: staff recommend changing tree retention codes in high density zones

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Douglas fir
Photo by Mike Remarcke
The Shoreline Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, June 21, 2018, 7pm in the Council Chamber at Shoreline City Hall 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133

The hearing is about the staff proposal to exempt large developments (MUR 70') from adhering to the tree retention code.

The staff presentation will be followed by public comment.

Agenda: 06212018 Public Hearing Meeting Agenda
Tree Retention in MUR 70’ Development Code Amendment

Staff is presenting two options for consideration with Option 1 being preferred.

Option 1: Exempt MUR-70’ from the Tree Code but allow MUR-70’ development to get bonuses in height, setbacks, and parking standards for retaining and replacing required trees.

Staff recommends Option 1 for the following reasons:
  • It maintains the development potential of the MUR-70’ zone as adopted to implement the 185th and 145th Street Station Subarea Plans while using incentives to create the potential for greater tree retention and replacement;
  • The Comprehensive Plan policies strongly support the full development of the Station Areas as urban, transportation-oriented development with people, jobs, and activities;
  • Developers have provided staff with feedback that not permitting Tree Code exemption within the MUR-70’ zone will thwart the planned redevelopment; and
  • Required landscaping standards will fill the remaining open space with trees that can adapt to the new environment and help succeed and replenish the existing, aging tree canopy.
Option 2 - Do not exempt MUR-70’ from the Tree Code but allow project application to a fee- in-lieu of retention replacement with those funds going towards future city tree projects.

This proposal uses a diameter measurement at "breast height" with some proposals for price per inch.

Comment on Agenda Items if you cannot attend the meetings.



3 comments:

Anonymous,  June 19, 2018 at 11:19 PM  

Oh boy! Height Bonuses? Is this on top of the fourteen story limit that was hidden in the small print?

Vile and disgusting!

classedebush June 20, 2018 at 7:14 PM  

We should change the city of Shoreline's logo, then. Get rid of those redwood trees so that it fits better the future look of our city, ruled by developers!

G Gleason,  June 21, 2018 at 6:37 PM  

Option 1 says you will only enforce the tree restictions if you cut them slack on other restrictions. WHY? Because you received "feedback" from the developers that our code will thwart development? Not likely. They have an opportunity to profit greatly in one of the most lucrative investment locales in the nation - they just need to follow our rules. Our code is there precisely as a safeguard against developers. This is when we need it most. Holding the developers to our Code is THE option. If you lack the fortitude to hold to it, please put it a public vote. That is my feedback for the staff.

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