Council adjusts rules of procedure

  • Written by Don Mann
Without any additional public testimony — not one citizen showed up to speak pro or con — the Woodinville City Council unanimously voted to adopt  Ordinance No. 546, the extension of a moratorium prohibiting incentives for flexible lot standards of large subdivisions within the city.

Ostensibly it’s another ordinance upon other ordinances designed to prevent developers from capitalizing on density transfer issues enabling them to build more residential units than wanted in residential zones.

In a second item council also unanimously adopted Resolution No. 420, amending four of its  previous rules of procedure.

1. Reduce the amount of time an individual council member may speak to the floor, to not more than twice, for not more than five minutes each time, for a maximum of 10 minutes.

2. Establish that regular city council meetings shall adjourn no later than 10 p.m., unless extended by a majority of the members at the meeting.

3. On council meeting agendas, include the time when each item will be discussed.

4. If the mayor declines to sign an ordinance, resolution, proclamation, letter, etc., empowers the deputy mayor to sign such documents on behalf of the council.

The third business item on the agenda was a discussion of council policies and priorities, revisited from earlier meetings and placed on the back burner.

City Manager Richard Leahy asked what the council wanted to accomplish in the next two years, besides building the new Sammamish Bridge, widening Woodinville-Duvall Road and protecting residential neighborhoods from developmental growth.

Said Councilmember Paulette Bauman: “I feel like we’re right on track addressing those issues.”

Said Councilmember Art Pregler:  “I see it as protecting the character (of the city) in terms of new development. Character and consistency is what we’re trying to project.”

Councilmember Susan Boundy-Sanders said protection of neighborhoods was paramount, and added a few “principle” things: citizens don’t want to be up-zoned next door, keep growth plans downtown, and don’t clear-cut the slopes.

When Mayor Bernie Talmas asked the city manager if he had enough information, Leahy said he did.

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