Opinion

Special rules for two developers

UPDs vs. FCCs I am angry and ashamed of county government that so aggressively supports the interests of special interests over those of its citizens. The language in several fast-tracked ordinances to turn the Novelty Hill UPDs into FCCs is "arbitrary and capricious," and in direct contrast to policies in the 1994 Comp Plan that took years to develop.
   One ordinance states: "Except for the Blakely Ridge and Northridge Fully Contained Community designations in Policy U-210, no Fully Contained Communities are needed in King County."
   The current Comp Plan states right now that FCCs are not needed! Why are such actions be taken to carve out special rules for two developers?
   It was shocking enough that eight council members chose to ignore the state and approve Blakely Ridge, despite the state order to delete the projects, or bring them into compliance with the GMA that they so clearly violate.
   Only people ignorant of the truth are being fooled by this effort to change the name of these unwanted and unneeded cities.
   County Council members: Stop ignoring the demands of the voters and drop your lawsuit against the State Growth Management Hearings Board. Attempt to justify these UPDs, as is, to the GMA Board if you can, and stop this threat of 1-acre sprawl that you have yet to support with law, that you are using as your excuse to ram these projects down our throats.
   You are not acting in the interests of the citizens you are elected to represent. Say "NO" to developer contributors and honor your oaths of office to defend the GMA.
   Lastly, stop embarrassing the voters who believed you were ethical and responsible officials when they voted you into office.

Michael Costello, Redmond