APRIL 7, 1997
New faces on Bothell Planning Commission
by Andrew Walgamott, staff reporter
Tris Samberg and Dennis Strasser were recently named to the Bothell Planning Commission. They will be filling positions recently vacated by the resignation of Rod Mesecar and the expiration of David Neal's term.
Samberg comes from Florida and has lived in Bothell for the past 3 1/2 years. Currently, she is finishing her dissertation in chemistry at the University of Washington, where she also works, coordinating community science projects.
Samberg says she became interested in the Planning Commission after several land use issues arose in her neighborhood, near the site of the old Walter's Feed Mill. She attended meetings every week, and her desire to be involved led to her commission seat.
Samberg said she wants to become more informed and to expand her knowledge beyond the area in which she resides. "The whole Puget Sound region is going to experience tremendous growth," said Samberg. She said she thought having a controlled intelligent growth plan complementing Bothell's comprehensive plan was important.
"In Bothell, there is a particular need to expand retail," Samberg said. She said the tax base can't be met by single family homes alone. Samberg, 29, is married and has no children. Her term as planning commissioner runs through March 31, 2001.
Dennis Strasser, an attorney with Lane, Powell, Spears & Lubersky of Seattle, is also joining the planning commission. Strasser said an interest in performing community service led him to the commission.
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Strasser and his wife and two children now live in Bothell. Strasser, 40, said an issue important to him was maintaining Bothell's small town atmosphere. His term runs from April 1, 1997 through March 31, 2000.
According to Bill Wiselogle, community development interim co-director, the Planning Commission makes recommendations to the City Council on legislative and quasi-judicial land use issues. Legislative items can include comprehensive plan and code amendments. Quasi-judicial items include land use issues such as subdivisions and planned unit developments. In some cases, such as conditional use permits, the Planning Commission has final say.