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Design Commission - Minutes     
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

CALL TO ORDER:

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

 

ROLL CALL:

Chair Bryan Caditz and Commissioners, Scott Kuznicki, Bert Loosmore, Donald McLaughlin, and Lucia Pirzio-Biroli were present. Commissioners Susanne Foster and Emmett Maloof were excused.  Council Liaison Bruce Bassett was present. 

 

STAFF PRESENT:

Manny Ocampo, Development Services Group Interim Director, Katie Knight, City Attorney; Patrick Yamashita, City Engineer; Travis Saunders, Planner; and Paul West, Parks Natural Resources Coordinator, were present.

 

MEETING MINUTES APPROVAL:

The minutes of January 13, 2010 were approved by consent, as written.

 

REGULAR BUSINESS:

AGENDA ITEM #1 - CONTINUATION OF A PUBLIC MEETING: Verizon WCF Facility in Island Crest Park

Travis Saunders, Planner, presented the staff report to the Design Commission and responded to questions from the Design Commission.

 

John Eder, for Verizon Wireless, provided a presentation and responded to questions from the Design Commission.

 

Staff responded to additional questions from the Design Commission.

 

Chair Caditz opened the meeting to public comment. Public comments were provided by Debbi Mazza of 8661 SE 60th Street. Chair Caditz closed the public comment portion of the meeting.

 

Discussion by the Design Commission followed, with questions to staff and Mr. Eder.

 

Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli moved to grant preliminary approve for the Wireless Communications Facility proposal, as depicted by Exhibits D and E, for DSR07-015, subject to ten conditions of approval detailed in the March 24, 2010 staff report.  Commissioner Loosmore seconded the motion.

 

Commissioner Loosmore motioned to amend the motion, adding two additional conditions: 1. Per 19.12.040(A)(6), any Himalayan Blackberry or other invasive plants near the proposed vault shall be removed; 2.  The applicant shall provide copies of both color options for the paint of the pole.

 

Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli motioned to amend Commissioner Loosmore’s motion to read:  The applicant shall provide copies of both color options for the paint of the pole, as well as documentation of color for all existing site poles.  Commissioner Loosmore seconded the amendment.

 

Commissioner Loosmore’s amendment, as further amended by Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli was passed unanimously by the Commission.

 

Commissioner McLaughlin motioned to amend Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli’s original motion to add the following condition: 1. Per MICC 19.06.040(E)(3), The applicant shall work with the applicable City staff to substantiate the proposed location of the equipment rack, deeming it to be the option least visibly obtrusive to the adjacent path.  Commission Loosmore seconded the motion.  The amendment passed unanimously.

 

The Commission unanimously passed Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli original motion, as amended, thereby granting Preliminary Design Approval for the Wireless Communications Facility proposal, as depicted by Exhibits D and E, for DSR07-015, subject to ten conditions of approval detailed in the March 24, 2010 staff report, and the following three Design Commission conditions of approval: 1. Per 19.12.040(A)(6), any Himalayan Blackberry or other invasive plants near the proposed vault be removed; 2.  The applicant shall provide copies of both color options for the paint of the pole, as well as documentation of color for all existing site poles; 3. Per MICC 19.06.040(E)(3), the applicant shall work with the applicable City staff to substantiate the proposed location of the equipment rack, deeming it to be the option least visibly obtrusive to the adjacent path.

 

AGENDA ITEM #2 - PUBLIC MEETING: 7800 SE 27th Street Final Design Review for file DSR10-002.

Chair Caditz recused himself from the subject review, and appointed Commissioner Kuznicki as acting Chair. 

The Design Commission and staff discussed the Commission’s purview on the subject review.

Commissioner McLaughlin disclosed that he made a site visit to the subject site.  The Design Commission and staff discussed site visits as part of a Commissioner’s review.

Travis Saunders, Planner, presented the staff report to the Design Commission and responded to questions from the Design Commission.

 

David Hoy, representing 7800 LLC, provided a presentation and responded to questions from the Design Commission.

 

The Commission discussed the proposal, asking question of staff and Mr. Hoy.

Commissioner McLaughlin moved to approve DSR10-002, per the staff report recommended motion, redacting staff recommended condition of approval number one; requiring the lighting to be addressed per the applicable code; requiring the applicant to work with staff to provide a more viable alternative to the proposed seating. 

Commissioner Loosmore seconded the motion. 

The Commission discussed the motion.

Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli motioned to amend the motion to condition that the upper canopy be constructed of corrosion-resistant grating. The grating shall be painted to match the building’s lower canopies.

Commissioner Loosmore seconded Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli’s amendment.

The Commission passed the amendment unanimously.

Commissioner Loosmore motioned to amend the original motion to replace “proposed seating” with “proposed art work”.

Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli seconded the amendment.

The Commission passed the amendment unanimously.

Commissioner Loosmore motioned to amend the original motion to add the following condition of approval: 1. The canopy detail shall be free of leaks and the overall canopy coverage shall not be less than that which was previously approved.

 

Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli seconded Commissioner Loosmore’s amendment.

 

The Commission passed the amendment unanimously.

 

The Commission unanimously passed Commissioner McLaughlin’s original motion, as amended, thereby granting Final Design Approval for DSR10-002, as depicted in Exhibit 4, subject to following conditions of approval:

1.   The proposed lighting shall be addressed per the applicable code.

 

2.   The applicant shall work with staff for a more viable alternative to the proposed art work.

 

3.   Corrosion-resistant grating shall be installed in the building’s upper canopy.  The grating shall be painted to match the building’s lower canopies.

 

4.   The canopy detail shall be free of leaks and the overall canopy coverage shall not be less than that which was previously approved.

 

5.   Pursuant to MICC 19.15.040 (F)(1)(d)(ii), if the applicant has not submitted a complete application for a building permit within two years from the date of the notice of the final design review decision, or within two years from the decision on appeal from the final design review decision, design review approval shall expire. The Code Official may grant an extension for no longer than 12 months, for good cause shown, if a written request is submitted at least 30 days prior to the expiration date.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

  • Open Public Meetings Act, Public Record Act, and Robert’s Rules of Order training to occur in the future.
  • New Development Services Group Director to be hired in the near future.
  • Future City Council Study Session to review new technologies. The Design Commission to be invited.
  • The next regular meeting is scheduled for April 14, 2010.

 

COUNCIL LIASON REPORT:

None

 

ADJOURNMENT:          10:54 PM

 

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