Zoning

The city of Des Moines has carried over $309,712 less from 2007 than planned, city council members were told April 24.

City Manager Tony Piasecki said he has to sit down with Finance Director Paula Henderson to figure out how, or if, this will affect the budget for 2009 which will be based on the 2007 year end financial report as well as projected income for 2008.

In the fall of 2007, the year-end balance was projected to be $1,370,813.

05/05/2008

Thank you for your continual coverage of the proposed Westmark Emerald Pointe Development Project. There are many aspects and complex issues at play in this project and the Highline Times has done a good job in bringing pertinent information to the citizens of Burien.

The Neighbors of Seahurst Park, a group of concerned citizens, held a public meeting regarding the Westmark Project on April 17th.

An unexpected attendee to the meeting was Robert W. Thorpe who works for the developer, Nizar Sayani/Westmark/Primestar Hotels.

Mr.

04/29/2008

The city of Des Moines has carried over $309,712 less from 2007 than planned, city council members were told April 24.

City Manager Tony Piasecki said he has to sit down with Finance Director Paula Henderson to figure out how, or if, this will affect the budget for 2009 which will be based on the 2007 year end financial report as well as projected income for 2008.

In the fall of 2007, the year-end balance was projected to be $1,370,813.

04/29/2008

be a mockery

We wish to point out that the change proposed to Seattle Municipal Code 23.45.009 Structure Height - Low Rise Zones by the new proposed Multifamily Zoning Ordinance would be detrimental in the extreme to our single family neighborhood which abuts the new proposed zoning categories of LRT, LRT 1 and LRT 2.

The current 25 foot allowable height for multifamily structures is being raised to 35 feet. Currently, under SMC rules, a 10 foot penthouse is allowed on the roof for mechanical equipment, play equipment, rooftop deck, chimneys etc.

04/22/2008

The good news is that housing prices in the city will not plummet as low as those in the far-reaching suburbs. The bad news is there will continue to be a rush to provide housing for the huge number of people who will chose to live near their work and no longer drive until they can get a home loan approved.

We all know people who travel daily from Bainbridge Island or Vashon - when the ferries are not broken down - and even from Bonney Lake or Mount Vernon.

04/22/2008

The city's Department of Planning and Development is putting the final touches on a proposal that would increase height limits and change development standards in areas zoned multifamily, which make up much of residential West Seattle.

The changes are meant to simplify the code, which has been revised several times since it was adopted in 1982.

04/15/2008
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BIG HOUSES, LITTLE HOUSES. Three story homes situated between a row of older little stucco homes on 40th Avenue Southwest, one half block north of Southwest Alaska Street.
Photo by Steve Shay

Zoning is one those mind-altering issues that most people immediately zone out - excuse the bad pun.

This newspaper has been critical of the city for not adequately informing the citizens of Seattle on the potential effects of the zoning that creates the urban centers. People in the Ballard are simply overwhelmed with the massive influx of new condominiums and apartments.

04/15/2008

The city's Department of Planning and Development is putting the final touches on a proposal that would increase height limits and change development standards in areas zoned multifamily, which make up much of residential Ballard and Crown Hill.

The changes are meant to simplify the code, which has been revised several times since it was adopted in 1982.

04/15/2008

Business is good for many of Ballard's manufacturing and industrial businesses, and some are expanding - just not here.

The area's lacks of large warehouse space, coupled with rising land costs, make it difficult for a thriving industrial business to grow.

04/07/2008
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COMPANIES EXIT BALLARD. Ballard Brass & Aluminum Inc., 943 Northwest 50th Street, is moving to the Georgetown neighborhood.

Photo by Steve Shay

SeaTac City Council members acted March 25 to close a possible loophole in the city's park 'n fly regulations.

To provide a little economic incentive, SeaTac had allowed one bonus off-street parking space for every 25 square feet of retail/commercial, residential or service space required by the building code.

The bonus parking spaces were usually used for park 'n fly operations for Sea-Tac International Airport travelers.

But city officials discovered that, under the formula, a typical 250-room hotel with 87,000 square feet would qualify for 3,500 bonus parkin

04/01/2008