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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Call to Order:

Vice-Chair Marcia Dawson called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington. 

 

Roll Call:

Vice-Chair Marcia Dawson, Commissioners Lucia Pirzio-Biroli, Carla Weinheimer, and George Wittman were present.  Chairman Bryan Caditz, Commissioners Emmett Maloof and Callie Ridolfi were absent. 

 

Staff Present:

Katie Knight, Assistant City Attorney, and Shelley Bolser, Associate Planner.

 

Minutes:

Staff handed out a corrected version of the July 27, 2005 Design Commission meeting minutes.  The revised minutes were approved by a vote of 4-0.

 

 

REGULAR BUSINESS:

 

Action Item #1:

The applicant, Mercer Island Beach Club, requested preliminary design approval for remodel and additions to the Beach Club at 8326 Avalon Drive.

 

Shelley Bolser gave the staff report and noted that the applicant had clarified that the project will be completed in a single phase, not in two phases as noted on the submitted plans. 

 

Shawn Perry of the Mercer Island Beach Club, Kurt Jensen and Alex Gentile of Jensen Fey Architects at 7730 Leary Way in Redmond, WA and Jason Henry of the Berger Partnership at 1721 8th Ave N in Seattle, WA gave the applicant presentation. 

 

Two individuals offered public comment.  Jim Clarkson of 8340 Avalon Drive expressed concern with the height and aesthetics of the pool cover.  Tom Heltzel of 8245 SE 61st St expressed support for the project and the efforts of the club. 

 

Commissioners had questions and comments about the following items:

·         Enclosing the pool cover structure

·         Existing mechanical equipment on the building roof

·         Parking changes

·         Materials and colors

·         Pool cover roof shape

·         Fenestration on the south elevation of the clubhouse

·         Entrance to the deck from the northwest façade

·         Retaining walls at the southwest corner of the proposed pool deck

 

Motion:

Commissioner Weinheimer moved, and Commissioner Wittman seconded, to grant preliminary design approval for the proposed development at 8326 Avalon Drive, as presented in the submittal packet date stamped August 1, 2005, in accordance with the following conditions: 

 

1.                   The applicant shall provide additional information indicating that the proposal meets the required impervious surface in landscaped areas, per MICC 19.12.040(B)(4)(b).

2.                   The pool cover roof structure shall incorporate roof forms found in the existing primary building roof, per MICC 19.12.020(B)(3)(b) and 19.12.030(B)(6).

3.                   The pool cover structure shall incorporate silver colored aluminum framing and white painted columns, per MICC 19.12.030(B)(4)(c).

4.                   A pedestrian path of pervious pavers, bark, or gravel, combined with striped pedestrian paths through asphalt parking areas, shall be incorporated from the Avalon Drive entry to the primary building, per MICC 19.12.050(B)(2)

5.                   The meter and mechanical unit area on the first floor shall include a full screen on the sides and the top to screen the view from the primary building entrance, per MICC 19.12.060(B)(7).

6.                   Any changes to decking and landscaping after final design approval as a result of shoreline permit approvals shall require formal design review. 

7.                   The applicant shall implement all SEPA mitigation conditions for traffic, parking, noise and lighting impacts in the SEPA MDNS dated May 18, 2005.

8.                   The applicant shall implement all CUP conditions regarding membership, traffic impacts, access to the site, stormwater runoff, lighting, and setbacks in the CUP approval dated June 24, 2005.

 

Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli moved to amend the motion, and Commissioner Wittman seconded, to add condition (9):

9.                   The applicant shall clarify the existing topography and proposed grading at the southwest corner of the proposed pool deck, per MICC 19.12.020(B)(1)(b)(ii).

The amendment passed by a vote of 4-0.

 

Commissioner Dawson moved to amend the motion, and Commissioner Weinheimer seconded, to add condition (10):

10.               The 78’11” long extension of the existing screen wall shown on sheet A-4.1 shall be detailed and landscaped to be in scale with the pedestrian activities at the beach and lawn area to avoid mass or bulk impacts per MICC 19.12.030(B)(1)(b) and (B)(4)(d), and 19.12.040(A)(3) and (B)(2).

The amendment passed by a vote of 4-0.

 

Commissioner Weinheimer moved to amend the motion, and Commissioner Dawson seconded, to add condition (11):

11.               The applicant shall provide a representation of the visual impact of existing rooftop mechanical equipment and proposed mitigation methods, per MICC 19.12.060(B)(2).

The amendment passed by a vote of 4-0.

 

Commissioner Wittman moved to amend the motion, and Commissioner Dawson seconded, to add condition (12):

12.               The elevation drawings shall indicate how first floor fenestration details on the south elevation comply with MICC 19.12.030(B)(2).

The amendment passed by a vote of 3-1, Commissioner Weinheimer dissenting.

 

Commissioner Weinheimer moved to amend the motion, and Commissioner Dawson seconded, to add condition (13):

13.               The applicant shall provide details such as proposed materials and structure on the upper and lower entrances per MICC 19.12.030(B)(5).

The amendment passed by a vote of 4-0.

 

Commissioner Weinheimer moved to amend the motion, and Commissioner Dawson seconded, to add condition (14):

14.               The Concession Building shall be designed per MICC 19.12.030(B).

The amendment passed by a vote of 4-0.

 

Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli moved, and Commissioner Weinheimer seconded, to approve the main motion as amended.  The main motion, as amended, passed by a vote of 4-0

 

 

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Council Liaison Report:

Council Liaison Jim Pearman reported that the Council is working with Comcast to renew cable franchise contracts, and noted that he is keeping the Council updated on Design Commission activities.  

 

Commissioner Comments:

Vice-Chair Dawson reiterated the importance of site visits for Design Commissioners. 

 

Next Regular Meeting:

The next Design Commission meeting is scheduled for September 14, 2005 at 7:30 PM.  The Mercer Island Country Club final hearing is scheduled.  . 

 

Commissioner Absences:

Vice-Chair Dawson will be absent from the September 14, 2005 meeting.

                                                                                                                                        

Adjournment:   9:12 PM

 

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