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Design Commission - Minutes     
Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Call to Order:

Chairman Bryan Caditz called the meeting to order at 7:31 pm in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington. 

 

Roll Call:

Chairman Bryan Caditz, Commissioners Emmett Maloof, Carla Weinheimer, Callie Ridolfi, and George Wittman were present.  Vice Chair Marcia Dawson, Commissioner Lucia Pirzio-Biroli and Liaison Grauz were not present.  There was a quorum.

 

Staff Present:

Richard Hart, Development Services Director, Louis Webster, Associate Planner and George Steirer, Senior Planner were present.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of August 9, 2006 were approved with a minor correction.  

 

REGULAR BUSINESS:

 

Action Item #1:  Wireless Communications Facility (WCF) approval for Clearwire Wireless.  DSR06-024  George Steirer gave the staff presentation.  Clearwire proposes three panel antennas with associated BTS amplifiers and two dish antennas at 3950 Island Crest Way in Clise Park in the Public Institution (P) zone that would be mounted to the existing laminated wood pole.  The applicant also proposes an associated electronics equipment cabinet that would be located inside the existing equipment building adjacent to the existing WCF support structure.  

 

Discussion by the Commission.

 

Craig Wilson, Parsons representing Clearwire, 1530 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 600, Seattle, WA   98109.  Spoke in support of the proposal and staff recommendation.

 

Motion by Maloof, 2nd by Wittman: Move to approve per staff recommendation.

 

Vote on the Main Motion: Unanimous approval.

 

 

Action Item #2:  Wireless Communications Facility (WCF) approval for Clearwire Wireless.  DSR06-013  George Steirer gave the staff presentation.  Clearwire proposes a Wireless Communications Facility at 2237 60th Ave SE in the Single Family (R-8.4) zone would be approximately seven and one-half feet above finished grade, and would be mounted to the existing Interstate-90 retaining wall.  A second set of microwave dishes would be located near the equipment cabinet, and would be approximately 12-feet above finished grade.  The proposal also includes a “support cabinet” / electrical equipment enclosure mounted on a 3-foot by 3-foot concrete slab.

 

Discussion by the Commission.

 

Craig Wilson, Parsons representing Clearwire, 1530 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 600, Seattle, WA   98109.  Spoke in support of the proposal and staff recommendation and responded to Commission concerns.

 

Motion by Wittman, 2nd by Weinheimer: Move to approve, per staff recommendation plus a 2nd condition of approval, specifically, staff shall review the fencing on site and determine whether and how the fencing should be modified to be consistent with other adjacent WCF fencing on the site, pursuant to MICC 19.06.040(E).  The review shall include the fence height, material, and color.

 

Vote on the Main Motion: Unanimous approval.

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Council Liaison:  Richard Hart reported that Councilmember Grausz called him from the airport to say he was unable to attend the meeting. 

 

Directors Comments:  Council gave direction with how to proceed with regard to changes to the Town Center Development and Design Standards.  Specifically, changes will be proposed regarding incentives for affordable housing, and public plazas.  Code text amendments will be coming to the Commission in the next couple months.  Will probably have a joint meeting with Planning Commission.  If time allows, the initial presentation may be made to the Design Commission.  Staff may tell Design Commission what options staff presented to City Council who in turn gave direction to staff as to the preferred option.  First part of November is likely when these proposed code amendments will come to the Design Commission.  Budget meetings are keeping City Council busy. 

 

Commissioner Comments:  There was discussion about the 8/29/06 Seattle PI article about the Island’s downtown development.  Richard Hart clarified how the Commission should not engage in email discussion about projects that will come before the Commission.

 

Next Regular Meeting: The next regularly scheduled Design Commission meeting will be September 27, 2006 but nothing is yet scheduled on the agenda. 

 

Commissioner Absences:  Commissioner Maloof will miss both October meetings.

 

Adjournment:   8:49 PM

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Beeler, Senior Planner

 

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