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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON

Monday, February 22, 2010, 12:30 PM
Book: 64, Page: 1

Committee Meeting
Council Chambers



Called To Order Council President Gene Knutson called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m.

Roll Call
Present:
Excused:
PURPOSE


DISCUSSION
The Committee Meeting was adjourned to Executive Session to hear the following items:

EXECUTIVE SESSION

1. LABOR RELATIONS
2. POTENTIAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION
3. POTENTIAL LITIGATION
4. POTENTIAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION
5. LITIGATION – HAYKIN V. CITY OF BELLINGHAM
6. LITIGATION – CALDWELL V. CITY OF BELLINGHAM

The Committee Meeting was called back to order at 1:30 pm


TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
MEMBERS: CHAIR, JACK WEISS; STAN SNAPP; MICHAEL LILLIQUIST

AB18768 1. BID AWARD, WEST ILLINOIS/TIMPSON WAY STREET EXTENSION, BID NO. 95B-2009; PROJECT NO. ES-310

Presented by: Ravyn Whitewolf, Engineering Manager
Freeman Anthony, Public Works Engineering

SS/ML MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL


PARKS AND RECREATION COMMITTEE
MEMBERS: CHAIR, SETH FLEETWOOD; TERRY BORNEMANN; STAN SNAPP

AB18769 1. BID AWARD, CORDATA PARK PHASE 1 TRAILS, BID NO. 105B-2009

Presented by: Leslie Bryson, Parks & Recreation Design Development Manager

TB/SS MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL


FINANCE & PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
MEMBERS: CHAIR, STAN SNAPP; BARRY BUCHANAN; MICHAEL LILLIQUIST

AB18770 1. AN UPDATE BY THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM FIRE DEPARTMENT ON ISSUES WITH WHATCOM COUNTY RELATED TO THE 2010 MEDIC ONE BUDGET, THE PARAMEDIC TRAINING PROGRAM AND ANTICIPATED NEXT STEPS

Presented by: Fire Chief, Bill Boyd
Mayor Dan Pike
John Carter, Finance Director

INFORMATION ONLY


WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
MEMBERS: CHAIR, JACK WEISS; TERRY BORNEMANN; MICHAEL LILLIQUIST; SETH FLEETWOOD

AB18771 1. WATERFRONT REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT UPDATE

Presented by: Linda Stewart, Waterfront Special Projects
Mayor Dan Pike

INFORMATION ONLY


AB18772 2. COUNCIL UPDATE ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE BELLINGHAM PUBLIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (BPDA)

Presented by: Jim Long, Executive Director, Bellingham Public Development Authority

INFORMATION ONLY


AB18773 3. RESOLUTION REQUESTING ADVICE FROM THE WATERFRONT ADVISORY GROUP (WAG) CONCERNING THE WATERFRONT SUBAREA MASTER PLAN AND ASSOCIATED DOCUMENTS

Presented by: Jack Weiss, Council Representative Ward 1
Mayor Dan Pike
Joan Hoisington, City Attorney

SF/ML RECOMMENDED DIRECTING STAFF TO SEND DRAFT RESOLUTION TO WAG FOR THEIR REVIEW AND COMMENT


LAKE WHATCOM RESERVOIR COMMITTEE
MEMBERS: CHAIR, MICHAEL LILLIQUIST; BARRY BUCHANAN; STAN SNAPP

AB18774 1. CONSIDERATION OF THE LAKE WHATCOM WATERSHED ADVISORY BOARD’S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE CITY’S ONGOING WATERSHED LAND ACQUISITION PROGRAM

Presented by: Clare Fogelsong, Public Works, Environmental Resources Manager
Mayor Dan Pike

BB/SS RECOMMENDED DIRECTING STAFF TO REVIEW AND BRING FORWARD RECOMMENDATIONS


COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
CHAIR, GENE KNUTSON

[Editor’s Note: At the request of Alan Marriner, Assistant City Attorney, Item 2 (AB 18776) was heard first, followed by Item 2 (AB 18775).]

AB18776 2. CLOSED RECORD HEARING TO CONSIDER A QUASI-JUDICIAL REZONE OF THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 1906 WILSON AVENUE

Alan Marriner, Assistant City Attorney described the location of the rezone under consideration. The proposal would create a twelve lot cluster, single family subdivision with open space consolidated to the south and southeast (Tract A & B) with the purpose of allowing for the daylighting of Padden Creek, which is currently in an underground tunnel in this area. This project has also received a number of other conditional land use approvals. After a public hearing in February 2009, the Hearing Examiner issued a written decision approving the preliminary plat for the twelve lot subdivision together with variances from street construction, street frontage and utility abutment requirements. Also in that decision, the Hearing Examiner approved the Critical Areas Permit for the wetland buffer impacts. After a public hearing on January 25 and February 8, 2010, the City Council approved the Development Agreement for this project, which established the development and design standards. All prior approvals are conditioned on Council’s approval of the Quasi-Judicial Rezone.

Mr. Marriner noted that Chris Koch, City of Bellingham Planner and the applicants’ consultant Ted Weden, along with the two applicants, Dan Parcher and Kevin Moore were in attendance and available for questions. The complete record of the Closed Record Hearing was provided to the City Council office.

With regard to the quasi-judicial rezone, approval at this Closed Record Hearing will allow clustering of the homes on smaller lots and with consolidation of the open space in Tracts A & B. The zoning would remain Residential Single and the overall density does not change. Based on the hearing in March 2009, the Planning Commission found that this proposed rezone met the city’s legal criteria for rezones and voted unanimously to recommend approval of the rezone. The Planning Commission’s Findings of Fact, Conclusions and Recommendation recommending approval, are found on page 238 of the agenda packet. Mr. Marriner reviewed procedure and explained that as a Closed Record Hearing, the council must base its’ decision on the rezone on the record created at the public hearing held before the Planning Commission. The council must then either adopt the Planning Commission Findings of Fact, Conclusions and Recommendations; or modify them; or reject them. Rules regarding ex-partee communications and appearance of fairness apply.

TB/BB MOVED TO ADOPT PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS. The motion carried 7-0.

SF/SS MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF THE ORDINANCE.


AB18775 1. CLOSED RECORD HEARING TO CONSIDER A PETITION TO VACATE THE ALLEY LOCATED WITHIN BLOCK 147, PLAT OF FAIRHAVEN LAND COMPANY’S SECOND ADDITION TO FAIRHAVEN

Alan Marriner, Assistant City Attorney presented a map of the area to be vacated. Based on a Public Hearing in February 2009, the Hearing Examiner found that the proposed alley vacation met the city and the state legal requirements for street vacations and recommended approval subject to the following conditions: The land needed for the daylighting of Padden Creek be dedicated, or placed in a Conservation Easement in favor of the city and the vacation not become effective until that dedication or Conservation Easement had occurred and final plat approval for Parkway Gardens had been given and recorded and all of the utilities in the alley have been relocated.

The full report of the Hearing Examiner’s Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order are included on pps. 197-200 in the agenda packet. If council approves the Alley Vacation, it must determine the amount and method of compensation for the vacation. It is recommended that the city accept dedication of the southern and southeastern portions of the property (Tract A & Tract B) as compensation for the vacation of the alleyway with the area being dedicated to the city. Tract A and Tract B exceed the area of the vacation.

Mr. Marriner noted that the vacation of the alley does not become effective under the proposed ordinance until the land needed for the daylighting of Padden Creek is dedicated to the city and final plan is received and recorded. The complete record of the Closed Record Hearing was provided to the City Council office.

ML/SS MOVED TO ACCEPT THE FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW AND ORDER WITH CONDITIONS AS SPECIFIED BY THE HEARING EXAMINER. The motion carried 7-0.

ML/SS MOVED TO APPROVE AND FIND THE VALUE OF THE PROPERTY ADEQUATELY COMPENSATED FOR BY DEDICATIONS OF TRACT A AND TRACT B. The motion carried 7-0.

TB/SS RECOMMENDED APPROVAL OF THE ORDINANCE


AB18587 3. A WORKSESSION TO CONSIDER OPTIONS FOR AN ORDINANCE TO CREATE EXCEPTIONS TO THE CURRENT 90,000 SQUARE FOOT RETAIL SIZE CAP

Council Member Terry Bornemann reported that there had been a special worksession on February 11, 2010 with no conclusions or recommendations.

TB/JW MOVED TO DIRECT STAFF TO MAKE AMENDMENTS REGARDING SIZE LIMIT AND DESIGN STANDARDS FOR LARGE RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM SIMILAR TO THOSE PRESENTED AND BRING BACK TO THE CITY COUNCIL IN ORDINANCE FORMAT FOR CONSIDERATION.


The minutes of the January 25th, City Council Committee meetings were submitted for approval.

SS/TB MOVED APPROVAL. The motion carried 7-0.


Clean Water Act of 2010

JW read a proposed resolution in support of HB 3181/SB 6851, the Clean Water Act of 2010 as amended by Council Member Lilliquist during committee.

JW/ML MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL

County Council meeting regarding Lake Whatcom Watershed subdivision regulations

Council Member Snapp reported that he and Council Member Lilliquist would attend the Whatcom County Council meeting in support of retaining the Lake Whatcom moratorium that sets a maximum on property subdivisions of 5 acres.

City investments in local financial institutions

Council Member Weiss requested that staff review options available under state law with regard to investing more reserves and other investments in more local financial institutions.

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ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:10 pm


Gene Knutson, Council President
ATTEST: Linda D. Anderson for J Lynne Walker, Legislative Assistant
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