Letter to the editor: Mukilteo placing issue of residential density before voters — why not Edmonds?


Edmonds City Council should look to Mukilteo as an example of how to engage and listen to its residents’ concerns regarding higher residential density in single family neighborhoods.

A recent article in the Everett Herald reported on the City of Mukilteo’s continuing dialogue with its residents concerning higher density. It demonstrates that it is possible to say no to higher residential density.

Mukilteo is placing the issue of higher density on a ballot for their citizens’ voices to once again be heard. Homeowners in Edmonds have repeatedly expressed their opposition to any increased density in single family residential areas. It is time for Edmonds citizens’ voices to be heard. Are you listening Edmonds City Council?

Kathy Ryan

  1. Absolutely agree! What do you say, Council Members?! Do the right thing. Put it to the citizens to decide!

  2. Thank you Kathy Ryan for bringing this to our attention.
    Yes! Let’s have the citizens of Edmonds take the lead in determining density in our neighborhoods. Let us have bottom-up decision making. This is our town and decisions affecting our way of life should not be made by government. Put it to the vote of the people.

  3. Thank you Kathy Ryan for enlightening us on this important social and economic issue. The residents should have a say in Edmonds density/development.

  4. Careful what you wish for and be aware that greater density in Edmonds just might pass. I have a property that might work for a DADU and I just might vote for and not against greater density from a purely self serving point of view. Having options is rarely a bad thing at the personal level, so I’d have to think about it. I suspect there are others in town who feel torn somewhat on this too. If you are going to have a public vote you have to live with the results. I’m okay either way on this one and I think some public referendums might just be a great thing for the issues that are concerning our town presently.

  5. Clinton,

    This issue easily ties into the Council Members representing geographical districts. Some neighborhoods may welcome the density. Keeping within community architectural aesthetics, and having clearly defined and enforced codes and ordinances, the neighborhood may benefit from diversity. Clinton, your government knowledge of the terminology is better written by you than by my conceptual examples.


  6. Hey my wife and I love to ride the Sammamish River trail. Every time we do we pay homage to the folks who are holding off the onslaught of land developers and leaving this exceptionally lovely trail in an almost pristine state. We also ride through Redmond many days. If you are on the fence on the issue of density, drive to Redmond and walk around the concretized. traffic choked main street as people are exiting SR405 and traveling to work. The real gem is Marymoor Park which is now crowded to the point of needing additional parking on summer weekends.
    We, here in Edmonds, should be grateful for the vistas we have of the sound from the hills behind our downtown. My wife Kathie and I express our gratitude on every one of our walks through our town though we have seen these views countless times. Let us all be vigilant and vocal lest we lose this treasure we live in.

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