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Design Commission - Minutes     
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Chair Maloof called the meeting to order at 7:01 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington. 
Chair Emmett Maloof and Commissioners Colin Brandt, Richard Erwin, Susanne Foster, Nadine Laszlo, Tami Szerlip, and Hui Tian were present as was Council Liaison Mike Cero.
Shana Crick, Planner, was present.
The minutes from the April 11, 2012 meeting were approved unanimously.
AGENDA ITEM #1 – Public Hearing to Amend Final Design Approval: Island Crest Way Apartments
Shana Crick, Planner, gave the staff presentation, and responded to questions from the Design Commission.
The applicant, Tom Gallagher (4243 Shoreclub Drive, Mercer Island, WA 98040) of Mercer Island Co-Investment, L.L.C., also addressed the Design Commission and responded to questions.
Chair Maloof opened the open record public hearing at 7:19 PM.
John Weinberg of 3304 81st Place SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040 spoke to the Commission regarding the proposal. Mr. Weinberg answered questions from the Design Commission.
The Chair closed the open record public hearing at 7:25 PM. 
The Commission deliberated the proposal and asked additional questions of the applicant and staff.
Commissioner Brandt motioned to grant Mercer Island Co-Investment, L.L.C. amended final design review approval for the items clearly specified as being amended within Exhibit 1, subject to the conditions of approval recommended in the staff report to the Design Commission on August 8, 2012, and to authorize the Design Commission Chair to sign the Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law on behalf of the Design Commission, provided that the Planning Commission encourages the applicant to: 1) maintain as much landscaping as possible; and 2) keep the east side of the proposed walkway as close to the existing path as feasible.
The conditions of approval are as follows:

  1. 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 design commission 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. The applicant is responsible for knowledge of the expiration date.
  2. All landscaping depicted in Sheet L1 of Exhibit 1 shall be maintained in good condition. Maintenance shall include regular watering, mowing, pruning, clearance of debris and weeds, removal and replacement of dead plants and the repair and replacement of irrigation systems. A landscaping bond is required prior to any Certificate of Occupancy for the proposed building to ensure that the approved landscape plan will achieve total coverage within three years after installation.  The bond amount shall be set by City staff based on the approved landscape plan, and cost for labor and materials.
  3. Prior to the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy, the applicant shall provide to the City a scaled, detailed graphic illustrating the proposed sculpture. A Certificate of Occupancy shall not be issued until planning staff has approved the proposed sculpture.
  4. At the time of building permit submittal, provide to the City revised building elevations that reflect the modifications to the glass deck railings required by criterion number three above.

Commissioner Erwin seconded the motion. The motion was passed with seven yeas and no nays.
AGENDA ITEM #2 – Election of Design Commission Chair and Vice Chair
Staff conducted an election for Chair and Vice Chair. Shana Crick explained the process to the Commission. Commissioner Brandt nominated Commissioner Maloof for Chair. Commissioner Foster seconded the nomination. Commissioner Maloof accepted the nomination and was elected Chair with seven yeas and no nays. Commissioner Szerlip nominated Commissioner Erwin for Vice Chair. Commissioner Foster seconded the nomination. Commissioner Erwin accepted the nomination and was elected Vice Chair with seven yeas and no nays.
Councilmember Cero gave the Liaison’s report. Mr. Cero provided discussed the upcoming levy in the November election for the proposed fire station to replace the existing south island fire station. Councilmember Cero also indicated that the Mercer Island School District was still deciding how to proceed with a master plan and construction of future facilities.
Staff Planner Crick gave a brief update on the status of the Development Services Group Director recruitment process and also stated that a Design Commission study session would be held on August 22, 2012.  
The next regularly scheduled meeting is August 22, 2012. Chair Maloof will be absent.
ADJOURNMENT: Chair Maloof adjourned the meeting at 7:44 PM.


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