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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON

Thursday, September 26, 2013, 01:00 PM
Book: 67, Page: 1

Committee Meeting
Council Chambers



Called To Order

Roll Call
Present:
Excused:
PURPOSE


DISCUSSION

Waterfront/Downtown Development Committee
Terry Bornemann, Chair
Cathy Lehman; Jack Weiss

Also in attendance: Stan Snapp; Seth Fleetwood

AB20063 1. Worksession to review the Waterfront District Sub-area Plan and related documents

Presented by: Jeff Thomas, Planning and Community Development Director
Amy Kraham, Assistant City Attorney
Tara Sundin, Economic Development Director
Steve Sundin, Planner, Planning and Community Development
Kurt Nabbefeld, Senior Planner, Planning and Community Development
Chris Comeau, Transportation Planner, Public Works Department
Ted Carlson, Public Works Director
Rory Routhe, Assistant Director, Public Works Engineering


MOTIONS/VOTES ON STAFF PROPOSALS:

Subarea Plan:

1. Committee preliminary direction - Change the maps for the Cornwall Beach area to show that the "development pad" is uncertain in terms of size and location.

NO MOTION

2. Committee preliminary direction - Add information regarding habitat restoration resources and processes.

Staff suggestion revisions, P. 19:

JW/CL MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL WITH CHANGES. The motion passed 3-0.

3. Committee preliminary direction - sea level rise. Add a statement requiring use of "best available science" to address potential future sea level rise.

Staff suggestion revisions. The Planning Commission recommended adding the following section on sea level rise on P.19, after the Shoreline Development section. Staff has added best available science requirement to the section (see last sentence in the first paragraph:



JW MOVED TO AMEND BY ADDING "INCLUDING PARKS AND HABITAT RESTORATION PROJECTS" TO THE FIRST LINE". No second.

Development Regulations:

1. Committee preliminary recommendation - district heating. Add to the regulations a requirement to participate in a district heating system if one is available.

Staff recommendation: Clarify in the permitted uses table that a public or private district hearing system is a permitted use. Add a requirement that property owners and developers are required to participate in such a system if one is installed. Staff is working on language.

Planned Action Ordinance

1. Committee preliminary direction: clarify text to show that the development thresholds in Section 3.D.2 on P. 4 are not the maximum that could occur in each area.

Staff suggested revision:

JW/CL MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. The motion passed 3-0.

2. Committee preliminary direction - sea level rise. Add a statement requiring use of "best available science" to address potential future sea level rise to mitigation measure in the Planned Action Ordinance.

Staff suggested revision: (II. 1.B. 1-7) As part of construction of onsite infrastructure, site grades shall be raised to accommodate potential long-term sea level rise and tsunami conditions, appropriate to the design lifetime of the project, as determined conservatively using best available science.

JW/CL MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. The motion passed 3-0.

Development Agreement

Staff recommendation: Staff is working on the appropriate language. JW/CL MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. The motion passed 3-0.
Staff recommendation: Delete the last sentence of Section 13.
JW/CL MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. The motion passed 3-0. Planning Commission Recommendations

Staff recommends that the Committee accept all the amendments suggested by the Planning Commission, EXCEPT item #12 on P. 3 of the Commission's recommended amendments document. This item deals with zoning and limiting the permitted uses in the Marine Trades area. JW/CL MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. The motion passed 3-0.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS MOTIONS/VOTES

1. Market Demand Research Information Request Motion: Move to request the Administration provide Councilmembers with a copy of the April 2012 Waterfront District Demand Research Report by Hebert Research and any documentation provided by Heartland that reviewed and modified the Demand Research Report.

NO MOTION, staff agreed to bring this information

2. TBL Information Request Motion: Move to request the Administration provide councilmembers with the financial, environmental and social benefit and cost analysis of the waterfront redevelopment plan in a clear and understandable format.

NO MOTION.

3. Eliminate Cornwall Beach Residential Motion: Move to insert language in all pertinent documents and agreements to refer that there will be no housing component at the Cornwall Beach Area.

JW MOVED TO RECOMMEND. The motion failed 1-2. CL, TB opposed.

4. PC Trail Recommendation Modification Motion: Move to modify the Planning Commission recommended revisions to the waterfront district Subarea Plan regarding trails to Parks Chapter 7 to read as follows:

“Develop a continuous waterfront trail along the south side of the Whatcom Waterway and Log Pond shoreline from Roeder Avenue to the Northeasterly edge of the Shipping Terminal. This trail will should be extended through the Log Pond planning area to connect to Cornwall Avenue as close to the water’s edge as possible without creating significant impact to habitat restoration areas. if compatible with industrial and/or cargo uses in the Log Pond area. If the Log Pond area is subdivided into smaller parcels to be leased or sold for long-term uses which do not require access to the Shipping Terminal, dedication of a trial connection should be considered during will be part of the binding site plan approval process. Public access along the Log Pond trail maybe briefly suspended for public safety or site security purposes during periods when upland uses conflict with trail use.”

JW/CL MOVED TO RECOMMEND. The motion passed 3-0.

5. Sea Level Buffer Motion: Move to request the Administration provide councilmembers with an elevation map showing current and projected minimum and maximum sea level delineations at Ordinary High Water Marks (OHWM).

NO MOTION.

6. Remove Commercial St Bridge and Green Motion: Move to request the Administration to modify pertinent documents and agreements to delete references to a Commercial St Bridge and a Commercial St Green and to insert language and new transportation maps to show waterfront access from Bay Street.

JW MOVED TO RECOMMEND. The motion failed 1-2. CL, TB opposed.

7. Create Town Square Area Motion: Move to request the Administration to modify pertinent documents and agreements to create a Town Square park area equivalent to the currently proposed Commercial St Green located between Bay St and Commercial St closer to the bluffs than the water edge.

JW MOVED TO RECOMMEND. The motion failed 1-2. CL, TB opposed.

8. Limit TIF Discounts To Downtown Waterfront Urban Village Only Motion: Move to modify the boundaries for the TIF Reduction Program to permanent uses in the Downtown Waterfront Area only.

JW/CL MOVED TO RECOMMEND. The motion passed 3-0.

9. Modify Mode Shift Goal Motion: Move to amend pertinent documents to reflect a reduction in the transportation mode shift goal in the Downtown Waterfront Area from 70% to 50%.

JW MOVED TO RECOMMEND. The motion failed 1-2. CL, TB opposed.

10. Modify PC Recommendation for LEED Silver Motion: Move to remove LEED Silver Certification as a Floor to Area Ratio option in the Planning Commission recommendation for development regulations.

JW MOVED TO RECOMMEND. The motion failed 1-2. CL, TB opposed.

11. Lower Height Ceilings Motion: Move to reduce all 100-foot height ceilings in the Downtown Waterfront Area to 75 feet.

JW MOVED TO RECOMMEND. The motion failed 1-2. CL, TB opposed.

12. Modify PC Recommendation in PAO on Historic and Cultural Resource Policy Motion: Move to modify the PC recommendation on page 10 of their revision report to read as follows:

NO MOTION.

13. Modify PC Recommendation on Local Food Production Motion: Move to amend Section 20.37.440.C.3 of the proposed Development Regulations to read as follows:

“3. Landscape Irrigation- landscaping with native or drought tolerant plants which do not require permanent irrigation systems is encouraged. If irrigation systems are installed for landscaping or uses such as roof top and patio vegetable gardens to provide local or personal food production, irrigation systems shall use only captured rainwater, recycled wastewater, or water treated and conveyed by the public agency specifically for non-potable uses. Temporary irrigation systems used for plant establishment are allowed to utilize potable water if removed to recommend within three years of installation.” [Proposed addition by staff accepted by committee]

JW/CL MOVED TO RECOMMEND. The motion passed 3-0.



ADJOURNMENT
There being no other business, Committee Chair Bornemann adjourned the meeting at 4:36 PM




Terry Bornemann, Chair
ATTEST: J. Lynne Walker, Executive Assistant to the Bellingham City Council
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