Letter to Edmonds City Council from ACE: Reject the Port’s Harbor Square plan

The following letter to the Edmonds City Council is being published at the request of the Alliance for the Citizens of Edmonds

Dear Councilors:
ACE recommends the Council finally reject the Port’s plan because it does not address any better voters’ and residents’ concerns expressed at recent hearings.
-It insufficiently considers Edmonds’ development as an arts and tourism destination,
-It lacks community support due to its top-down origin,
-It ignores the voters’ and residents’ desires for the future of the area,
-It is impractically over-scaled with regard to height and mass of residential units,
-It fails to allow for division of the property into smaller parcels for development under current codes, and
-It lacks vision.

Instead of trying to revise the inadequate draft right now, ACE recommends the City Council adopt a timetable to amend the parts of the Comprehensive Plan affecting Harbor Square. The Council’s timetable should allow for a “bottom up” public process that permits full and fair presentation of the views of Edmonds voters and residents regarding such things as:
-arts and tourism development,
-open and community gathering space,
-protection of and access to the marsh,
-storm water management and pavement limits,
-public view impairment and respect for private view impacts,
-height limits,
-building density and mass and style and sustainable design,
-whether the addition of residential units is appropriate for Harbor Square and to what extent, and
-the relationship of any major development at Harbor Square to the rest of town, the waterfront, and to transportation options.

We attach our 2008 report to you following ACE-sponsored open houses concerning development in the area from the marsh to Main Street.  That report showed how you can revise the comprehensive plan to encourage attractions that will continue to draw people to Edmonds to visit, explore, shop, eat, and enjoy a setting superior to rather than similar to everywhere else on Puget Sound.

We also attach our previous letters to the Port (April 13, 2012) and to City Council (December 3, 2012).
We encourage you review these attachments. Our recommendations today are consistent with our earlier comments.

Respectfully,

The Alliance of Citizens for Edmonds (ACE)

  1. Thank you for this letter. I wholeheartedly agree! As do most of the people I know that live in Edmonds. This area should be for everyone, not just the elite few that would have condos there with the current Port plan. Well, few is not exactly how I would describe it considering the high density population as proposed.

    Please, city council, reconsider the Port’s proposal and eliminate it.

    Most sincerely, Pat Sherwood

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