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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON

Monday, June 18, 2012, 11:00 AM
Book: 66, Page: 1

Planning and Community Development Committee Worksession re Fairhaven
Council Chambers



Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Committe Chair, Jack Weiss

Roll Call
Present:
Excused:
PURPOSE
Work session on the Fairhaven Neighborhood and Urban Village Master Plan

DISCUSSION
Staff present: Jeff Thomas, Greg Aucutt, Chris Comeau, Chris Koch.

Staff reviewed the list of decision items, followed by Council discussion and votes.

Item 1. Whether to allow hotels or motels in area I-2 as recommended by the Planning Commission.

ML/JW MOTION TO RECOMMEND NOT ALLOWING HOTELS AND MOTELS IN AREA I-2. MOTION FAILED, CL/SF OPPOSED.

Item 2. Set a date certain for parking task force completion.

SF/ML MOTION TO RECOMMEND 2 YEAR COMPLETION OF PARKING TASK FORCE WORK. MOTION PASSED 4-0.

Item 3. Whether there should be a separate resolution to establish the parking task force. Can be done at any time.

There was agreement among Planning Committee members to leave this out of the recommendations.

Item 4. Revise the TIF reduction boundary zone from the borders of the urban village. The current zone is the commercial core. In the plan the zone would be the entire neighborhood. Should this be revised?

CL/SF MOTION TO RECOMMEND HAVING THE BOUNDARY OF THE TIF REDUCTION ZONE INCLUDE THE ENTIRE URBAN VILLAGE. MOTION FAILED, JW/ML OPPOSED.

ML/JW MOTION TO RECOMMEND THAT THE BOUNDARIES BE THE COMMERCIAL CORE AND RESIDENTIAL TRANSITION AREAS 1 AND 4. MOTION FAILED SF/CL OPPOSED.

Item 5. Whether to revise Policy 5.22 regarding potential street closures to add language added by the Planning Commission.

No vote taken.

Item 6. Whether to add policy for railroad quiet zone.

ML/SF MOTION TO RECOMMEND ADDING A POLICY INTO THE PLAN FOR A RAILROAD QUIET ZONE. MOTION PASSED 4-0.

Staff noted that this policy will be added to the Fairhaven plan and added to other subarea or citywide plans.

Item 7. Add a transit preference policy to the plan and revise roadway development standards to include bus pullouts and pedestrian facilities.

ML/SF MOTION TO RECOMMEND ADDING POLICY LANGUAGE TO THE PLAN TO INTEGRATE TRANSIT AS REDEVELOPMENT OCCURS. MOTION PASSED 3-1, CL OPPOSED.

Item 8. Clarify the intent of the parking recommendations regarding options for addressing issues of demand management and increasing the supply of parking.

ML/SF MOTION TO RECOMMEND ADDING LANGUAGE TO CLARIFY THAT THESE ARE OPTIONS AND POSSIBILITIES RATHER THAN POLICIES. MOTION PASSED 4-0.

Item 9. Whether to add a policy to review angled parking issues, including adding more angled parking, including scalloped curbs to allow cars to park without blocking the lane, and vehicle length enforcement.

Agreement that this item should go to the task force for further examination. No vote taken.

Item 10. The next item is regarding Padden Creek and estuary issues. Staff were not able to consult on this so this will have to be brought back later.

Item 11. Should ground floor commercial be required, and if so where, and should this be made more clear in development regulations.

Committee and staff agreed to this clarification. No vote taken.

Item 12. Should we add public view protection language and identify public view corridors. If Council approves reduced heights staff recommends that there be need some justification of reduced heights.

ML/SF MOTION TO RECOMMEND ADDING LANGUAGE TO JUSTIFY DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS ON HEIGHT LIMITS BY ADDRESSING PUBLIC VIEW CORRIDORS. MOTION PASSED 4-0.

Item 13. Whether to revise policy 4.9 in the Transportation Chapter to add the 5 way intersection at the south end if Finnegan. Staff agreed to add that. No vote taken.

Item 14. Suggestion to remove sections related to concurrency. Planning Committee generally agreed to remove this language. No vote taken.

Item 15. The next issue has to do with development regulations in the RT-4 area that limited ground floor commercial to 2000 square feet.

ML/CL MOTION TO RECOMMEND CHANGING GROUND FLOOR LIMIT TO 2500 RATHER THAN 2000 SQUARE FEET. MOTION PASSED 4-0.

Item 16. Next issue is on page 2, item number 4 having to do with building heights. The Committee approved a map of heights at the last meeting. This would make some revisions to one area.

No motions were made on this issue.

Staff and council members briefly discussed items held over to the next Planning Committee work session.

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting was adjourned by Jack Weiss at 12:03 PM



Jack Weiss, Committee Chair
ATTEST: Legislative Analyst
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