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Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Call To Order

Chairman Glick called the regularly scheduled Design Commission meeting to order at 7:40 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

Bryan Caditz, Chairman Fred Glick, Julie Parsons, Vice Chairman Norman Sandler, and George Wittman were present. Carl Bryant and Marcia Dawson were absent

Staff Present

Richard Hart, Development Services Director; John Scandola, Associate Planner


Vice Chairman Sandler moved, Commissioner Wittman seconded, to approve the minutes for the meeting of October 9, 2002. The minutes were approved by a vote of 5-0.

Regular Business

Action Item #1:
The applicant, Qwest Communications, is requesting design review and approval for the installation of an 8’ high, CMU block sound wall to help reduce the noise generated by existing condensing units, located on the north side of the Qwest Communications building. This building is located at 3853 Island Crest Way in the Residential R-9.6 Zone (DSR02-035).

John Scandola, Associate Planner, summarized the staff report for the proposed sound wall. Mr. Scandola indicated that the applicant proposes to construct this wall due to noise complaints from neighbors to the west and northwest. This wall will be angled towards the northwest to provide maximum sound reduction for the effected properties. The City recommended approval for the proposed sound wall.

Arnold Kraakmo, KDW Architects, 2225 N. 56th Street, Seattle, WA 98103, represented the applicant. The Design Commission asked the applicant questions regarding the effectiveness of the proposed sound wall in limiting noise and questions about its design.

Chairman Glick opened the public testimony portion of the meeting, and there were no comments. The public testimony portion was closed.

The Commission commended the applicant for being a good neighbor. They also had questions regarding the proposed colors and texture of the sound wall. The Commissioners expressed their approval of the project.


Commissioner Parsons moved, seconded by Vice Chairman Sandler, to approve the proposed sound wall for Qwest Communications (DSR02-035). This approval is based on the staff report, the Design Commission discussion and findings, and the open record testimony. This decision is in accordance with the Mercer Island Unified Land Development Code Section 16.15.040(H)(6). This approval is subject to the following conditions:

  1. The Mercer Island Design Commission shall review all future exterior modifications to this facility.
  2. The CMU block sound wall shall be uniform in color.

The motion passed by a vote of 5-0.

Other Business

Director’s Comments:
Director Hart discussed the need to clarify the definition of “internally lit box signs” for the Town Center regulations. He also indicated that the Hearing Examiner instead of the City Council will now hears appeals on design review decisions as a result of the code amendment instituted in July 2002.

Council Liaison Report:
Councilmember Cairns provided his report at the beginning of the meeting. He discussed the City Budget and the Planning Commission decision regarding the proposed code amendment for wireless communication facilities (WCFs).

Next Regular Meeting:
The next meeting will be a Special Meeting for a Study Session for a proposed Starbucks at 7620 SE 27th St. This meeting will begin at 6:00 PM on December 11, 2002.

Commissioner Absences:
Vice-Chairman Sandler and Commissioner Parsons indicated they would be unable to attend.

8:30 PM PM

[Important Note: The proceedings of the Design Commission meeting were recorded on tape and are on file with the Development Services Group. The complete agenda and official minutes of this meeting are also available from the Development Services Group.]


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