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Design Commission - Minutes     
Wednesday, January 13, 2010

CALL TO ORDER:

Chair 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 and Commissioners Susanne Foster, Bert Loosmore, Emmett Maloof, Donald McLaughlin, and Lucia Pirzio-Biroli were present. Commissioner Scott Kuznicki was excused.

 

STAFF PRESENT:

Manny Ocampo, Interim Development Services Group Director, Shane Moloney, Assistant City Attorney, Nick Afzali, Transportation Manager, George Steirer, Principal Planner, and Shana Crick, Planner, were present.

 

MEETING MINUTES APPROVAL:

The minutes of October 14, 2009 were approved as amended. Commissioner Foster requested that a spelling error be corrected by changing all references to “Knick Knick” to “Kinnikinnick”.

 

REGULAR BUSINESS:

AGENDA ITEM #1 – PUBLIC HEARING – BRE Properties, Inc. Final Design Review amendment.

George Steirer, Principal Planner, presented the staff report to the Design Commission and responded to questions.

 

John Wayland, Vice President of Development for BRE Properties, introduced the applicant’s presentation. Jim Bodoia of Mithun, representative for the applicant, gave a presentation. Mr. Bodoia, Mr. Wayland, and Blair Stone of Mithun responded to questions from the Design Commission regarding the proposal.

 

Chair Caditz opened the meeting to public comment. Public comments were provided by Robert Thorpe of 5800 West Mercer Way. Chair Caditz closed the public comment portion of the hearing.

 

Discussion by the Design Commission followed.

 

Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli moved to approve the requested 12 month extension to final design review approval to DSR07-004 and authorize the Design Commission Chair to sign the Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law on behalf of the Design Commission. Commissioner Foster seconded the motion. Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli’s motion passed unanimously.

 

Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli moved to grant approval for the amended final design review approval for the items clearly itemized as being amended within Exhibit 2 subject to the five (5) conditions of approval recommended in the staff report to the Design Commission on January 13, 2009 being met prior to approval of a building permit along with the following additional conditions:

  1. Per MICC 19.11.100(B)(7), the applicant shall increase the proposed landscaping coverage from 1535 square feet to 1920 square feet or 1% of GFA.
  2. Recommend that the City Engineer allow for installation of a bench at the existing bus stop on 76th Avenue SE.

 

Commissioner Maloof seconded the motion.

 

Commissioner Loosmore moved to amend the original motion by adding the following condition of approval:

  1. Per MICC 19.11.100(B)(1), indigenous plant species, as defined by the King County Northwest Native Plant Guide, shall be used in the majority of plantings across the landscaping palette.

 

Commissioner Foster seconded Commissioner Loosmore’s motion, which passed unanimously.

 

Commissioner McLaughlin moved to amend the original motion by attaching the following conditions of approval:

  1. Pursuant to MICC 19.11.050(B), the current proposed width of the transparent primary entrance connecting the public parking to the sidewalk or public plaza is retained per Exhibit 2.
  2. Pursuant to MICC 19.11.065(B)(1)(a), the proposed removed sunscreen on the east elevation be maintained per the original approved plans.

 

Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli seconded Commissioner McLaughlin’s motion. Commissioner McLaughlin’s first proposed condition of approval passed unanimously. The vote on Commissioner McLaughlin’s second condition of approval was one yah and five nays. The second condition of approval concerning the removed sunscreen failed.

 

The original motion as amended by the Design Commission states:

 

Move to grant approval for the amended final design review approval for the items clearly itemized as being amended within Exhibit 2 subject to the five (5) conditions of approval recommended in the staff report to the Design Commission on January 13, 2009 being met prior to approval of a building permit along with the following additional conditions:

  1. Per MICC 19.11.100(B)(7), the applicant shall increase the proposed landscaping coverage from 1535 square feet to 1920 square feet or 1% of GFA.
  2. Recommend that the City Engineer allow for installation of a bench at the existing bus stop on 76th Avenue SE.
  3. Per MICC 19.11.100(B)(1), indigenous plant species, as defined by the King County Northwest Native Plant Guide, shall be used in the majority of plantings across the landscaping palette.
  4. Pursuant to MICC 19.11.050(B), the current proposed width of the transparent primary entrance connecting the public parking to the sidewalk or public plaza is retained per Exhibit 2.

 

The motion to grant amended final design approval, as conditioned, passed unanimously.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

  • The Commission tabled the Vice Chair election until the next regular Design Commission meeting.
  • The Council Liaison report was given by Councilmember Grausz. Councilmember Grausz informed the Commission that Mayor Pearman would be selecting a new Council Liaison.
  • Principal Planner Steirer introduced the Design Commission to Manny Ocampo, Interim Development Services Group Director.  
  • The next regular meeting is scheduled for January 27, 2010.

 

ADJOURNMENT:           10:30 PM

 

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