Northwest NEWS

April 17, 2000

Editorial

New proposals, amendments are mockery of County's promises

   The following is testimony presented at the April 11 Comp Plan amendments meeting at the Northshore Senior Center in Bothell. No response was given.

   The proposed Comp Plan amendments, plus new sensitive areas and stormwater control proposals, all add up to a mockery of King County's well-publicized promises and regulations to represent a close approximation of wilderness restoration and preservation.

   I have one question which I hope you will answer tonight: With King County still bringing into the pipeline hundreds of big-guy rural area lots that are less than an acre in size (examples are The Hedges and Treemont), will those newly-approved substandard lots be competing with the little-guy existing small lots that for years we've been promised were grandfathered and would be entitled to building permits as long as they could meet health department and setback requirements?

   Once King County ratifies the Rural Growth Cap it pushed through the Growth Management Planning Council, there will be literally thousands of so-called substandard lots knocked out of the competition for a limited number of building permits.

   How will the lucky recipients in the building permit lottery be determined, and will new lots be given priority over old lots?

Maxine Keesling, Woodinvillle