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Design Commission - Minutes     
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

CALL TO ORDER:

Commissioner Maloof, acting as Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:46 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington. 

 

ROLL CALL:

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

 

STAFF PRESENT:

George Steirer, Principal Planner, and Shana Crick, Planner, were present.

 

MEETING MINUTES APPROVAL:

The minutes of April 22, 2009 were approved as written by consent.

 

REGULAR BUSINESS:

 

AGENDA ITEM #1 – PUBLIC MEETING – T-Mobile Wireless Communications Facility Preliminary Design Review.

 

Shana Crick, Planner, presented the staff report and responded to questions from the Commission.

 

Jeffrey Smith of TelcoPacific, representative for the applicant, gave a brief presentation and responded to questions from the Design Commission.

 

Commissioner Maloof opened the meeting to public comment. Public comments were provided by Ron Moattar of 4645 88th Avenue SE; Adam Chovanak of 8700 SE 47th Street; Shaomin Huang of 4621 88th Avenue SE; Ahmed Taie of 4629 88th Avenue SE; and Edwin Mirsky of 4640 Island Crest Way. Commissioner Maloof closed the public comment portion of the hearing.

 

Discussion by the Design Commission followed.

 

Commissioner Loosmore motioned to grant preliminary design approval for the Wireless Communications Facility proposal as depicted by Exhibit 5 for DSR09-021 subject to the three conditions of approval recommended in the staff report as well as the following additional conditions:

 

  1. Provide a list of the trees being removed and the replacement plan
  2. Change the proposed landscaping to a native groundcover such as  Kinnikinnick.
  3. The applicant shall provide information which demonstrates the proposed location is as unobtrusive as possible to neighboring residences, compared to the location proposed by citizens, as depicted in Exhibit 9, based on the following criteria:

·      Visibility from and proximity to adjacent residences

·      Noise pollution into the yards of adjacent residences in the neighborhood

·      Impact to pedestrian pathways and Metro Transit facilities

·      The safe and efficient provision of maintenance access

  1. The applicant shall ensure that the existing pathway along Island Crest Way will be well maintained for pedestrians.

Commissioner Kuznicki made a friendly amendment to Commissioner Loosmore’s motion stipulating that “the applicant may take into consideration that the location proposed by citizens may not provide coverage as adequate as the currently-proposed location“ be added to the end of proposed Condition 3.

 

Commissioner Kuznicki motioned to amend Condition 3 of Commissioner Loosmore’s original motion to read:

 

  1. The applicant shall provide information which demonstrates the proposed location is as unobtrusive as possible to neighboring residences, compared to the location proposed by citizens, as depicted in Exhibit 9, based on the following criteria:

·      Visibility from and proximity to adjacent residences

·      Impact to pedestrian pathways and Metro Transit facilities

·      The safe and efficient provision of maintenance access

The applicant may take into consideration that the location proposed by citizens may not provide coverage as adequate as the currently-proposed location.

 

Commissioner Loosmore seconded Commissioner Kuznicki’s motion to amend the original motion.  Commissioner Kuznicki’s motion passed unanimously.

 

Commissioner Loosmore motioned to remove Condition 4 from the original motion. Condition 4 states that “the applicant shall ensure that the existing pathway along Island Crest Way will be well maintained for pedestrians.” Commissioner Foster seconded Commissioner Loosmore’s motion, which passed with three yahs and one abstention.

 

The original motion, as amended by the Design Commission, states:

 

Grant preliminary design approval for the Wireless Communications Facility proposal as depicted by Exhibit 5 for DSR09-021 subject to the three conditions of approval recommended in the staff report as well as the following additional conditions:

  1. Provide a list of the trees being removed and the replacement plan
  2. Change the proposed landscaping to a native groundcover such as Kinnikinnick.
  3. The applicant shall provide information which demonstrates the proposed location is as unobtrusive as possible to neighboring residences, compared to the location proposed by citizens, as depicted in Exhibit 9, based on the following criteria:

·      Visibility from and proximity to adjacent residences

·      Impact to pedestrian pathways and Metro Transit facilities

·      The safe and efficient provision of maintenance access

The applicant may take into consideration that the location proposed by citizens may not provide coverage as adequate as the currently-proposed location.

 

The motion to grant preliminary design review approval, as conditioned, passed unanimously.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

  • No Council Liaison report given.
  • Principal Planner Steirer informed the Commissioners that DSR07-004 (BRE) would be coming back before the Design Commission to present minor changes and to request an extension.
  • The regular next meeting is scheduled for October 28, 2009.

 

ADJOURNMENT:           10:13 PM

 

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