York Planning Committee Report
November 20, 2007
Submitted by committee chair, Anne Mackie
November 5th Planning Committee meeting hosted a presentation by Allen
Matsumoto from the Sehome Neighborhood on the proposed Samish Way Urban
Village. The Sehome Neighborhood
draft plan includes a proposal for a Master Plan to develop criteria for
this urban village.
Prior to the meeting, the Planning
Committee did a special outreach mailing to 30 property owners and businesses
in the York-section of Samish Way, and nearby residences, to encourage their
attendance at the meeting. From this
mailing, nine residents (or business-related persons) attended the November 5
meeting. They voiced support for the
proposed redevelopment concepts of Samish Way.
A letter of support for the
proposed urban village will be drafted for review and approval by the York
Board at its November 20th meeting.
The letter will be submitted by December 1st to the
Bellingham City Council, Planning Commission, and Director of Planning and
Community Development in support of Sehome’s Neighborhood Plan and work toward
a Master Plan for the Samish Way Urban Center.
groups are meeting! Each of the
planning work groups have met and are moving forward with their work on
subsections of the neighborhood plan.
Design (Stina Olson),
Recreation, Open Space (Helen
(David Camp & Tom Scott),
Use (Tom Scott) newly forming;
has not met yet. This group will
function as the liaison to the Sehome Neighborhood on the urban village
concept; Tom has volunteered to head this up and will serve as the
WWU students have been distributing the planning survey; returns are
starting to come in! We have
increased our survey returns from 51, last month, to 67. Big improvement. We will continue the survey work for