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Design Commission - Minutes     
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

CALL TO ORDER:
Chair Maloof called the meeting to order at 7:03 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington. 
 
ROLLCALL:
Chair Maloof and CommissionersSusanne Foster, Bert Loosmore, Lucia Pirzio-Biroli, and Tami Szerlip andwere present. 
 
STAFF PRESENT:
Travis Saunders, Planner, and Patrick Yamashita, City Engineer, were present.
 
MEETING MINUTES APPROVAL:
The minutes from the August 10, 2011 meeting were approved by consent.
 
REGULAR BUSINESS:
AGENDA ITEM #1 – Open record public hearing: Stopsky’s Delicatessen Parking Reduction
Travis Saunders, Planner, gave the staff presentation. He and Patrick Yamashita, City Engineer, responded to questions from the Design Commission.
 
Cheryl Deboise and Tenley Tobin gave the applicant team presentation, and responded to questions from the Design Commission.
 
Chair Maloof opened the hearing for public testimony at 7:22 PM.  No one requested to speak, and the public hearing was closed at 7:22 PM.
 
The Commission deliberated, asking questions of staff and the applicant team.
 
Commissioner Loosmore moved to grant final approval of the request for a reduction in required parking, via a shared parking allowance, pursuant to MICC 19.11.110(B)(1)(e)(i), under permit number DSR11-018, and  as presented in Exhibits 1 through 5 of the September 14, 2011 staff report to the Design Commission, with the following condition:
 
1. The future use of the expanded area shown in Exhibit 1 shall only be used as a kitchen and shall not accommodate restaurant patron seating.  If seating capacity of the restaurant is increased, a parking analysis may be required to be performed at the discretion of the Code Official and reviewed pursuant to shared parking provisions in the Mercer Island Code.  The analysis shall document the actual parking utilization generated by the restaurant use compared with what was projected in the October 4, 2010 parking analysis, and show that there is sufficient parking capacity available to increase seating capacity.  Future use of the expanded area may be reverted back to office use without a revised shared parking approval.
 
Commissioner Pirzio-Biroli seconded the motion.
 
The Commission discussed the motion.
 
 
Commissioner Loosmore amended the motion to grant final approval of the request for a reduction in required parking, via a shared parking allowance, pursuant to MICC 19.11.110(B)(1)(e)(i), under permit number DSR11-018, and  as presented in Exhibits 1 through 5 of the September 14, 2011 staff report to the Design Commission, with the following condition:
 
1. The future use of the expanded area shown in Exhibit 1 shall only be used as a kitchen and shall not accommodate restaurant patron seating.  If seating capacity of the restaurant is increased as evident by a permittable action by the tenant, a parking analysis may be required to be performed at the discretion of the Code Official and reviewed pursuant to shared parking provisions in the Mercer Island Code.  The analysis shall document the actual parking utilization generated by the restaurant use compared with what was projected in the October 4, 2010 parking analysis, and show that there is sufficient parking capacity available to increase seating capacity.  Future use of the expanded area may be reverted back to office use without a revised shared parking approval.
 
Commissioner Szerlip seconded the amended motion.
 
The amended motion passed unanimously with five ‘yeas’ and zero ‘nays’.
 
OTHER BUSINESS:
Councilmember Bassett gave the Council Liaison Report.  The City Council held its first readings of two ordinances. The first ordinance proposes to change the decision authority for design review of minor exterior modifications in the Town Center from the Design Commission to the Code Official.  Council directed staff to develop objective criteria to define what would be reviewed for minor exterior modification by the Code Official and when it would not be minor.
The second ordinance would change the decision authority for design review of wireless communications facilities from the Design Commission to the Code Official.  Council directed staff to research backup power possibilities.
 
Travis Saunders, Planner, provided staff comments.  Commissioners Anderson and Bryan have resigned, so the City is seeking to fill the vacancies created by their departure.
 
The next regularly scheduled meeting is September 28, 2011; however, no agenda items are anticipated.  A meeting is scheduled on October 12, 2011 for preliminary design review of a new wireless communication facility.
 
ADJOURNMENT:          Chair Maloof adjourned the meeting 8:02 PM.
 



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