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JULY 21, 1997

Local News

City finishes development regs revision

  by Andrew Walgamott
   The Woodinville city council sent new business on-site recreation requirements back for review and capped building heights at 45 feet when it wrapped up revisions to its development regulations last week. The city now has a new subdivision code, zoning code and map, and design guidelines for the General Business Zone which is between Woodinville-Snohomish Road and State Route 522, following adoption of the regulations.
   After listening to the business community over the past weeks, the city council and staff made efforts to console their desires to have recreation space for company employees with businesses' concerns over full economic development of their property. When proposed language and ideas became hazy in purpose, Councilmember Lucy DeYoung moved to remand the issue to the Parks and Recreation Commission. The city had originally proposed a 5 percent on-site recreation space requirement for new commercial, industrial and office developments. Later, DeYoung said that on such a touchy issue, "a thoughtful approach is needed."
   "You're dealing with something that can have a big impact... I'd rather do something like that well," Councilmember DeYoung said. The Parks and Recreation Commission was asked to return to the council with a recommendation by October 1.
   Councilmember Barbara Solberg led a vote limiting building heights in the R-48/Office zone north of the Edgewood Apartments to 45 feet. Attorneys for Don Sirkin, who owns all land in the 24.3 acre zone, had proposed a 65-foot variance under special conditions. Under current regulations, the zone must already be developed to a minimum of 300 units.
   Deputy Mayor Don Brocha, who voted for a 45-foot limit, said heights above that weren't in the community's vision. Voting against the 45-foot limit were Mayor Bob Miller and Councilmembers Art Saulness and Scott Hageman. Councilmember Saulness said the additional height would have allowed for more open space, protection of trees along Woodinville-Duvall Road and a better overall project.
   Revision of the development regulations, some of which were adopted from King County after incorporation, was required under the Growth Management Act. "It allows us to enforce the zoning and subdivision regulations that are consistent with our Comprehensive Plan and the GMA," Stephanie Cleveland, Woodinville planner, said.