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August 1, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Bellevue waterfront-rule revisions

The process is going fine

This is the South shoreline in Bellevue's Meydenbauer Bay. The shoreline plan the Bellevue Planning Commission sent to the City Council is facing some tough going. In 46 pages of comments, the state Department of Ecology -- which must approve the plan -- found numerous parts out of compliance with state law. Ecology also says the city pretty much broke off contact with it in 2011, when more property-rights-oriented people joined the commission. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times.]

This is the South shoreline in Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Bay. The shoreline plan the Bellevue Planning Commission sent to the City Council is facing some tough going. In 46 pages of comments, the state Department of Ecology — which must approve the plan — found numerous parts out of compliance with state law. Ecology also says the city pretty much broke off contact with it in 2011, when more property-rights-oriented people joined the commission. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times.]

The Times article about the Bellevue waterfront is off-base, taking typical state Department of Ecology concerns and blowing them out of proportion. [“Waves of concern over Bellevue waterfront rules, page one, July 29.]

This article should have clarified that the Department of Ecology did not review a final draft of the Planning Commission’s proposal, which would include supporting documents. The Commissions’ unanimous approval came from new appointees and longtime commissioners.

Bellevue’s shoreline residents have been involved in the regulation-update process since it began, which only makes sense. Shoreline residents know the most about the lakes and will be most affected by the new rules.

Our aim has been a balanced program — one that seeks to attain the goals of the state regulations, while respecting the fact that nearly all of these shores have been developed.

A goal of shoreline residents is to ensure that the city cleans up stormwater runoff. Stormwater is the major concern and much of the problem is caused by up-slope properties, not by individual homes on the lakeshores.

Martin Nizlek, board member of the Washington Sensible Shorelines Association, Bellevue

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