Our comprehensive plan suggests Woodinville wants to stay green and open. We like our rural feel — our nature, trees, fish and waterways, and our food and wine! The right kind of hotel that would encourage people to love our city and enjoy our amenities would be fabulous.
The Woodinville landscaping code states: “the purpose ... is to preserve the aesthetic character of communities ... to promote retention and protection of existing vegetation, to reduce the impacts of development of drainage systems and natural habitats.” This explains the hotel requirements for the tourist district with its open space, river, trees, drink, and restaurants — all fabulous places to gather.
We want to reduce the impact of development while preserving the character. There should be places to stay, especially when offering so much drink!
The first paragraph of the article on the hotel desires is totally misleading. Per the city council agenda of April 2, 2014, “only 50 percent of the property is allowed to be impervious.” Impervious and developed are different things. Pervious implies that the muck be filtered instead of running off into streams. Parking lots, which generally take up a lot of hotel space, can be pervious.
Outdoor sitting areas can be impervious. There are multiple other “green” and “sustainable” low impact development (LID) options that could be applied using a pervious concept. Green roofs collect and clean water as it goes to cisterns for re-use on landscaping. Vertical gardens are lovely, peaceful, and can add to local character as well as reducing impact to the surrounding area.
Rain gardens and other bioretention offerings are used countywide. They beautify and fulfill the requirement to “reduce the impact.” I do not know if the planning staff negotiates this sort of thing, but do see verbiage in parts of the code that leave that discussion open. Have the developers tried code negotiations using sustainable design in order to fit into the requirements? It might be worth asking a consulting firm that will negotiate exactly this sort of thing.
HOLLYWOOD HILL ROUNDABOUTS
As residents of Hollywood Hill, we make almost daily use of the roundabout at the Hollywood Hill Schoolhouse intersection.
We are alarmed about the prospect of further development of hotel and commercial space on the Apple Farm Village site. The site is quite close to the main roundabout at the schoolhouse.
On weekends the area is flooded with both foot traffic and auto traffic. Some out-of-area tourists are confused about the right-of-way rules of roundabouts (and possibly drunk!)
On weekday rush hours, the roundabout is extremely busy with commuter traffic.
How much more burden can this small area tolerate? We have seen two wrecks occur on this roundabout and were nearly hit by a school bus driver who seemed not to know about roundabout rules.
Mr. and Mrs. H. Goeppele