Call to Order:
Chair Adam Cooper called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM in the Council Chambers, at 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.
Chair Adam Cooper, Vice-Chair Jon Friedman, Commissioners, Eric Laschever, and Craig Olson were present. Commissioner Steve Marshall and Council Liaison El Jahncke were excused. City staff was represented by Shane Moloney, Assistant City Attorney; Tim Stewart, Development Services Director; and George Steirer, Principal Planner. Commissioner Bryan Cairns and Kristen Orndorff arrived at 7:43pm.
Richard Bergquist of 7244 East Mercer Way expressed concern regarding waterborne trash and debris along the shoreline, the City’s SMP public process and early input opportunities, and pollution cleanup.
Richard Ferry of 7414 East Mercer Way expressed concern regarding waterborne trash and debris along the shoreline. He thanked the Commission for their work in protecting property owners’ rights, while protecting the environment and encouraged the Commission to communicate to the public any changes in the current draft.
Rita Moore of 4509 Ferncroft Road provided a handout to the Commission. Ms. Moore encouraged the Commission to consider improved ecological functions, and to review the restoration goals and objectives. She recommended that covered moorage facilities height allowance be reduced to 15 feet; greater vegetation requirements; a definition for native vegetation; and prohibition of plants listed on the King County Noxious Weed List.
David Douglas, Integrity Shoreline Permitting, of 818 Mill Avenue, Snohomish, WA 98290 provided the Commission suggested edits to the Commission’s draft SMP, including, boat lift station definition, mean low water location, 35 feet pier-to-pier setback, bulkheads in the freshwater environment, permit sequencing, and new division of land. Mr. Douglas raised concern regarding the lack of funding for WRIA 8 recommended projects, and encouraged the City to offer public education classes.
Commissioner Laschever motioned to approve the minutes from February 2, 2011. Commissioner Cairns seconded the motion. The Commission unanimously approved the minutes as written.
Agenda Item #1: Shoreline Master Program update – Review of Draft SMP Ordinance
George Steirer, Principal Planner, briefly defined and the Commission discussed the public outreach process to date. Mr. Steirer provided a presentation to the Commission regarding the Commission requested changes to the February 2, 2011 SMP draft, and staff recommended revisions. The Planning Commission discussed the exhibits provided by staff, asking questions and directing staff on revisions, including; a request of staff to revise the Shoreline Designation map to designate the State of Washington property below the west channel bridge as Urban Residential, and to make light rail transit facilities a permitted use in the Urban Residential Environment, but prohibited in the Urban Park Environment; amendment of the definition of lift station; removal of the 35 feet pier to pier moorage facility setback requirement, except where property owners have a mutual agreement; revision to the vegetation plan language, along with prohibition of plants on the King County Noxious Weed list; addition of native vegetation definition; request of staff to survey other jurisdictions’ canopy height limitation; request of staff to review dock requirements for subdivisions of 2 or more lots; and request of staff to highlight certain key changes in future public notices.
COUNCIL LIAISON REPORT:
A rescheduled joint training meeting regarding quasi judicial decisions is to occur in March.
Planned Absences for Future Meetings:
Announcements and Communications:
Next Regular Meeting:
The next Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for March 16, 2011.
The Planning Commission meeting was adjourned at 9:23 PM.