PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF WBCC AS NOTED IN 2003
Successfully fought to reduce the height of three major condo projects on the perimeter of the business district: 1.) Reduction in the height of a multi-family development on a 100th Ave NE from 18 to 4 stories. 2.) Reduction in the height of a high-rise development on Main Street at 102nd Ave NE from 22 stories to 6 stories. 3.) Limiting the height of two multi-family developments on NE 1st Street to 6 and 9 stories.
Residents were successful in petitioning the City to close off the north end of NE. 5th and create a pedestrian walkway in response to cut-through traffic whenBellevue Square opened.
The Traffic Initiative was sponsored by our residents at the end of the 80’s asking the City to uphold it’s own recommended level of traffic and to ask developers to mitigate the traffic they were bringing downtown. A Task Force was created and successfully an ordinance successfully written which helped congestion for many years. However, the minute it became law the business community began a campaign to undue this law. Gradually they have been successful in obliterating the intent of the Ordinance and law as written. Had we been aCharterCity, instead ofCodeCityas we voted down in the last election, this law would still be effective and control the growth in relation to the infrastructure of the City.
Some citizens went door to door for neighborhood enhancement support for a sidewalk down 92nd Street toLake Washington Blvd. for safer access toClydeBeach. When this beach was redesigned we had input to prevent this from becoming a drive-through traffic problem.
When a private land owner took over a waterfront street end for his own use, our Community Club offered a solution which provided appropriate public use at that location.
The residents worked closely with the City concerning design ofMeydenbauerBridge. Combined efforts of the City and residents helped the neighborhood live through the rebuilding, which created much cut-through traffic, until the replacement was complete.
2006 WEST BELLEVUECOMMUNITY CLUB
It has been five or six years since the club was reactivated. The major projects we undertook were:
I. To resolve a dispute between theTeenCenterand residents. This was accomplished by getting City to acknowledge it should observe the Noise Ordinance. Patrick Foran, Head of Parks, refused to acknowledge a problem. After numerous meetings with him, we went beyond him to the City Council and appealed directly to them. They had a noise study done and found the noise level was twice what the ordinance allowed. After much study and negotiation the Center built and inner envelope in the building and a double door system to control the noise level. Result:TeenCentercan still have bands and the neighbors can once again sit down to a quiet dinner in their homes. This took a year and a half to resolve.
2. The Board decided it must fight the nearly tripling of the substation on 99th and 4th.All of the new capacity was to serve the business district. The Committee was composed of: Greg Sivertsen, Chairman and liaison with the City; Rich Wagner and Bob Sheehan, engineers extraordinaire who had the technical knowledge to support different ideas; Kathy Gwilym who used past contacts to support strategy, timing, and how to proceed. This group stepped in to cover for, one another and it was this cooperation that helped bring about a successful outcome. This took two years to achieve and Rich Wagner and Bob Sheehan will follow this project through completion.
3. The Board was struggling with how to proceed with the Wuhrman rezone when fliers were posted around the neighborhood raising the concern of residents. This would not have been stopped without the numerous residents that spoke against this issue. This was a perfect example of how city staff uses one application to begin a rezone of an entire community. Staff proposed rezoning one and half blocks and highlighted all the lots that were out-of-compliance and should be rezoned in the future. Beware! Sometimes the Council or business community has an agenda and sometimes staff has an agenda. It has been said that one will wait for the right person or time in which to promote their cause. Often they count on citizens tiring of the issues and giving up. Persistence is most important.