To the editor:
Recently an Edmonds City Council subcommittee was tasked with holding discussions about the downtown waterfront properties.
As a result, D.J. Wilson has reported to Council and the public at an unscheduled and unannounced presentation on April 6, 2010 that there is now an understanding that we are to be “open mindedly flexible on building heights” for taller buildings up to 50 feet on our waterfront. That would allow taller buildings that don’t comply with our city code. I need to be clear that D.J. Wilson’s taller building ideas do not in any way speak for this councilmember.
Now that Mr. Wilson has had his meeting with the land owners may I now suggest that the way to move forward on this issue is to work with Imagine Edmonds. Imagine Edmonds is a group of residents whose objective is to engage citizens throughout Edmonds in a process that combines positive energy, creativity and a shared commitment. This will facilitate the creation of meaningful, community-crafted gathering places. The downtown waterfront is where we should integrate social, artistic and environmental perspectives into the creation of gathering places that are constructive and inclusive of community-based planning and education outreach, research and training.
Councilmember Michael Plunkett