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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

CALL TO ORDER:

Chair Bryan Caditz, called the meeting to order at 7:32 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington. 

 

ROLL CALL:

Chair Bryan Caditz, Susanne Foster, Bert Loosmore, Emmett Maloof, Anne Nielson and Lucia Pirzio-Biroli.  Commissioner Scott Kuznicki and Council Liaison Grausz were absent.   

 

STAFF PRESENT:

George Steirer, Principal Planner and Matt Torpey, Planner, were present.  

 

MEETING MINUTES APPROVAL:

The minutes of May 14, 2008 were approved.

 

REGULAR BUSINESS:

 

AGENDA ITEM #1 – Final Design Review- DSR07-024- Pumpkin Development Condominiums

 

Matt Torpey, Planner provided project information to the Design Commission.

 

Wendy Gottesman, applicant, and Dan Weller, applicant representative, gave a presentation and overview of the project.

 

Ms. Gottesman and Mr. Weller answered questions from the Commission regarding lighting, landscaping, column design and right of way improvements.

 

Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli moved to approve the project as presented.

 

Commissioner Maloof seconded the motion.

 

The project was approved unanimously.

 

 

AGENDA ITEM #2 – Preliminary Design Review- DSR07-015- Verizon Wireless Facility in Island Crest Park.

 

Matt Torpey, Planner provided a brief overview of the project, discussed how the current proposal meets the code requirements and recommended design approval, as presented in the submittal packet marked Exhibit 1.  Mr. Torpey answered questions from the Commission.

 

Applicant, Robert Renken, representing Verizon Wireless, gave a presentation and overview of the project and answered questions from the Commission.

 

The Chair opened the meeting to public comment.  Brian Mazza provided comment to the commission.

 

The Commission further discussed the proposal with regards to “significant gap in coverage” and tower height.

 

Chair Caditz moved to table the preliminary review of the project pending response to the following issues:

 

  1. Legal confirmation from the City Attorney as to who is to define and ultimately decide whether a project meets “significant gap in coverage” per MICC 19.06.040(E)(4) and what is the definition of “significant gap in coverage”?
  2. Can the existing facility near Pioneer Park be utilized by the client per peer review
  3. Per peer review under MICC 19.06.040(E)(4), will the south end of the island experience a “significant gap in coverage” if the site near Pioneer Park fails?

 Commissioner Nielson seconded the motion.

 

Commissioner Nielson proposed an amendment to close the public comment portion of the hearing.

 

Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli seconded the amendment

 

The amendment passed unanimously.

 

The main motion to continue the preliminary review passed unanimously.

 

 

AGENDA ITEM #3 – DSR08-005- Preliminary Design Review for Ridgeway Condominiums

 

Matt Torpey, Planner provided a brief overview of the project, discussed how the current proposal meets the code requirements and recommended design approval, as presented in the submittal packet marked Exhibit 1.  Mr. Torpey answered questions from the Commission.

 

Ken Dubell, applicant, provided a brief presentation and overview of the project and answered questions from the commission.

 

Commissioner Maloof moved to approve the project as conditioned by staff with additional conditions that 1.Color renditions of the carports and trellises are provided and 2. Plans including location and names of existing and new planting with native and northwest species included.

 

Commissioner Foster seconded.

 

Commissioner Foster proposed an amendment to the main motion to provide plans including location and names of existing and new planting with native and northwest species included.

 

Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli seconded the motion

 

The amendment passed unanimously


Chair Caditz proposed an amendment to condition 5 stating, “The applicant shall provide design with sufficient detail for the Commission to determine code compliance related to the trellises and carports.”

 

Commissioner Maloof seconded the motion.

 

The amendment passed unanimously

 

The main motion to grant Preliminary Design Review Approval as conditioned passed unanimously.

  

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

  • Discussion of Town Center Code Amendment regarding farmers market.

 

ADJOURNMENT:           11:00 PM

 

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