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MAYOR NICKELS

DEPT. OF PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT

HEARING EXAMINER

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CHPD LETTER (2005)
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DATE: 21 June 2005

FROM: MAGNOLIA ACTION GROUP and Magnolia residents

TO: Department of Planning and Development

With this letter, we, the undersigned, would like to re-iterate and to impress once again upon the City our position as Magnolia neighbors regarding the proposed project. We ask the City to disapprove the requested permits for subdivision and administrative conditional use allowing a Clustered Housing Planned Development.

Per SMC 23.44.024, the requested conditional use (CHPD) fails to meet ALL four code criteria; specifically, the proposal provides:

  • no preservation of natural features,
  • no affordable housing,
  • no design flexibility resulting in a project superior to that under current zoning, and
  • no protection of critical areas.

    Per 23.44.018C, a conditional use is reviewed based on the general criterion of whether the use will be materially detrimental to the public welfare or injurious to the property in the vicinity. We maintain that this development will decrease traffic and public safety, increase parking congestion in the surrounding neighborhoods, be detrimental to property values, and be inconsistent with surrounding zoning.

    We note there are many other additional discretionary requests are being asked from the City by Lexington Fine Homes.

    While we encourage development of the site under existing zoning requirements, these permits would result in a project that will negatively impact the neighborhood of Magnolia in many ways. Lexington Fine Homes, in the Response, has again not taken into account the primary neighborhood concerns. We have the impression of being run roughshod.

    The site is nearly five acres and should be seen as an extension of the established neighborhood. The site should visually fit in with the existing homes on all sides of the site. This development will instead be a dense island of minimum roads and maximum density, not integrated with the surrounding neighborhood, and not increasing neighborhood livability. These are both required for a CHPD.

    We residents know Lexington Fine Homes is trying to get into a CHPD under “design flexibility” without meeting the other criteria under the code subsection. How can a CHPD be justified when it actually brings about a degradation of a community? We are prepared to litigate and take action to oppose this development in our neighborhood.

    These are our views and we ask their consideration when making the final decision on the permits.

    Signed (attached are 178 signatures),

    neighbors & residents of Magnolia


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