I came in 15 minutes later, after the call to order, approval of agenda, and 10min. public comment. The public comment seemed adequate. Each speaker had was given two minutes and Liebowitz and guests gave their input.
Summary of Discussion
Public hearing on 314461, proposed by Martin Liebowitz
Advocating for rezoning to add business districts to residential areas, to increase access to businesses and amenities for residents.
- Frida in support of rezone 314461. People shouldn’t have to travel far to get
what they need.
- Abigail: Height limit would not be different, it’s more an issue of consistency. If
this is commercial zoning, it will be hard to develop in future.
- CM Pedersen: ”Will trees be removed for this?” (Response: There’s no applications/ proposals at the time, so effect on trees will be subject to whatever restrictions are in effect at the time.) Pedersen hopes the tree ordinance will be passed by then.
SDCI and OSE Tree Protections Update: Sandra Urrutia (OSE).
Seattle.gov/trees provides more details. Explains process they have undergone thus far, and what they will need to do for this regulation to be passed and approved by the mayor.
- Chanda Emery (Dpt of Construction and Inspections) on public outreach method and collaboration with other groups: Comments received from public input asked us to go further. Working with other city departments to acquire updated tree canopy data. Reaching out to local arborist companies on best practices and existing tree codes. Next steps: Tailored outreach effort to reach BIPOC residents living in low-income neighborhoods.
- Council Member Pedersen: “Do you have a timeline for next steps?” (Response: Discussing public outreach, formulation of recommendation, and code analysis with mayor. Will hopefully have the timeline soon. Difficult to have specific dates with COVID-19 and the need to prioritize certain issues.)
Preliminary briefing for Extension of Interim Floodplain Regulations: Maggie Glowacki (Department of Construction and Inspections).
Regulations contain building codes and standards making homes and businesses safer from flooding. Apply to permit applications for construction within floodplain-mapped areas, which are currently mapped by FEMA. Previous regulations due to expire Feb. 2021. If regulations are not extended, property owners in FEMA floodplain areas may not be able to purchase floodplain insurance (either for new owners or for those whose policies expired.) Extension needed to review additional flood areas not mapped by FEMA, but by other floodplain area maps (such as SPU) to see if additional areas need to be included in the regulations. Public input has also taken longer than expected.
- CM Strauss: Are there any changes in this legislation other than extending the
interim regulations? (Response: No)
- CM Strauss: Why is it taking longer than expected? (Response: COVID, and also did not have listserv on property owners in floodplain areas, especially Duwamish area. Also sent postcards to property owners to redirect to website and email list. Also want to do due diligence to look at SPU’s floodplain areas instead of solely FEMA.)
- CM Strauss: Have we heard any opposition to these regulations since this has been in place for quite some time? (Response: Feedback from port staff on how regulations will impact if people redevelop on top of pier. Working with staff at FEMA to see if other areas experienced this issue, and the best way to address that. Public outreach with Duwamish Area walking through property owners on how they would be affected by regulations. Did not receive any specific concerns raised by the property owners. Pursuing a yearlong extension to provide more robust time instead of interim measures.)
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