Town of Beaux Arts Village
PLANNING COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS: Mayor Leider recently appointed Aletha Howes and Kim Moloney to the Planning Commission. Ms. Howes replaces Bennet Yen, who resigned due to work obligations), and Ms. Moloney replaces Jan Johnston, who completed her term in December 2016. All who serve the Town on the Council and Planning Commission do so as volunteers; when you have the chance, please take a moment to thank them for their willingness to tackle the issues on our behalf!
DRAFT HOME DESIGN GUIDELINES: The Planning Commission has been working to define preferred design standards for new home construction in the Village. Commissioners recognize that an early introduction to the Town's preferences through a published statement of design guidelines would be effective. The statement would be available in a prominent location on the Town website, as well as distributed to local realtors and homebuilders. Please click here to view the draft document. The Planning Commission is interested in any feedback, both to the document itself and the method of distribution. Please feel free to forward your comments to Deputy Clerk Angela Kulp at email@example.com.
CERTIFIED LOCAL GOVERNMENT: The Planning Commission has recommended that the Council consider adopting an ordinance establishing quidelines for historic preservation to create property-owner incentives for preserving and protecting historic properties within the Town. The Planning Commission developed this ordinance after devoting eighteen months studying various ways to encourage the preservation of historic properties in the Village by creating voluntary incentives. The proposed program has been adopted by more than 80 cities of varying sizes throughout Washington (click here for a complete list) and allows property owners to take advantage of tax incentives in exchange for following specific guidelines that preserve and protect historic properties. To review the proposed ordinance, please see: Proposed Ordinance for Certified Local Governments.
The Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday January 10, 2017 to hear comments from residents and then consider passing the proposed ordinance. Interested parties are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion.
EAST LINK UPDATE: Sound Transit will kick-off East Link construction in south Bellevue as early as January 2017. One of the first activities in the area will be closing the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride on Bellevue Way SE for up to five years. Sound Transit’s contractor will use the park-and-ride site to stage equipment and materials for building the light rail track, South Bellevue Station and a parking garage. Sound Transit has developed a multifaceted plan to help users of the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride get around during the closure. The program involves leasing new park-and-ride facilities, using existing park-and-ride facilities with capacity, enhancing transit mobility and offering new travel programs, options and incentives. Please click here for a folio with information on available park-and-ride options during construction OR click here for more information about replacement parking throughout the Sound Transit system.
What to expect next: Before construction begins in south Bellevue, Sound Transit will host a construction open house as an opportunity for the community to meet the contractor and learn more about the construction process, including information regarding schedule, traffic impacts, work hours and sequencing of activities. During construction, Sound Transit staff will provide the community with advance notice of construction activities through our website and construction alerts.
For more information, visit http://www.soundtransit.org/eastlink, sign-up for alerts at http://www.soundtransit.org/Subscribe-to-alerts, or check the East Link online events calendar for notice of upcoming participation opportunities. For information in alternative formats, call 1-800-201-4900 / TTY Relay: 711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may contact Sound Transit Community Outreach by email at email@example.com or by phone at 206-398-LINK with any other questions.
TRAFFIC MITIGATION: The City of Bellevue Transportation Department and Sound Transit's East Link Light Rail group recently mailed the South Bellevue East Link Construction Draft Traffic Mitigation Plan to Beaux Arts and Enatai residents. Please visit http://www.bellevuewa.gov/pdf/Transportation/Draft_Concept_Plan.pdf for more information about the draft plan; for detailed information about the project, visit the City of Bellevue website page http://www.bellevuewa.gov/12292.htm. The draft plan presented was developed by a committee that includes three Villagers and a number of Enatai residents who have been meeting for several months. The Transportation/East Link team met with each of the four impacted neighborhoods in September, including a visit with the Beaux Arts Town Council at their September meeting. Through October 16th, the Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Committee is seeking feedback on this Draft Plan and how it addresses neighborhood concerns about commuter cut-through traffic via a short online survey, which can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/COBntmc. Villagers are STRONGLY encouraged to review the proposed plans and offer feedback! The Committee will consider the community feedback and refine the draft in October; traffic mitigation and construction should begin January 2017.
King County Requirements for Recycling & Disposal Of Construction & Demolition Materials
A new King
County Ordinance (number 18166, effective in 2016) requires that all
construction and demolition (C&D) materials generated in King County be taken to
a King County Designated C&D Facility. In
addition, the following materials are banned from disposal and must be separated
from non-recyclable waste either at the jobsite or at a designated C&D
processing facility: Wood (clean, untreated, unpainted), Cardboard,
Metal, Gypsum Scrap (new), Asphalt Paving, Bricks, and Concrete.
Wood (clean, untreated, unpainted), Cardboard, Metal, Gypsum Scrap (new), Asphalt Paving, Bricks, and Concrete.
The following are useful resources regarding the ordinance:
Ø Online Ordinance Details—http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/greenbuilding/construction-demolition.asp
Ø Designated Facilities List—http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/greenbuilding/rates.asp
Ø King County Solid Waste Division C&D Specialist—Kinley Deller, Kinley.Deller@kingcounty.gov
NEW GOLF-CART REGISTRATION PROCESS: In
February 2016, the Council passed an ordinance allowing the use of golf carts in
the Town according to certain regulations and requirements, including the need
to register their cart with the Town annually. Please use the following
links for more information:
NEW GOLF-CART REGISTRATION PROCESS: In February 2016, the Council passed an ordinance allowing the use of golf carts in the Town according to certain regulations and requirements, including the need to register their cart with the Town annually. Please use the following links for more information:
SOUND TRANSIT UPDATES:
Sound Transit's contractor will work throughout this spring and summer preparing the site for tunneling, which will likely begin this fall, after a temporary sound wall is built around the south portal site.
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE: Washington State mandates that cities review and update their Comprehensive Plans every ten years; this mandate usually includes certain topics to be addressed in the periodic mandate. In response to these regulations, the Planning Commission prepared draft updates to the Town's current Comprehensive Plan addressing address all current state requirements and including other information important to the Beaux Arts community. After completing this work, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on Thursday October 16, 2014 to hear comments on the proposed updates and make revisions, as needed. The Planning Commission then forwarded the plan to the Council for review with the recommendation that the updated Comprehensive Plan be adopted and submitted to the state for final approval.
The Council conducted its first review of the draft 2014 Comprehensive Plan at their January 13, 2015 meeting. To assist this discussion, the Council used a two-page Reader's Guide that outlines the changes incorporated into this version of the plan. On February 10, 2015, the Council held its public hearing on the proposed draft during its regular meeting. As a result of that hearing and the Council's own discussions, Town Planner Mona Green prepared a final draft for Council review and action in July. On July 21, 2015, the Council passed Ordinance No. 416 adopting the Town of Beaux Arts Village 2015-2035 Comprehensive Plan (included as an exhibit).
Though the Comprehensive Plan does not, in itself, establish rules for growth, zoning, and land use, it does serve as an important guide to the Town Council and the Planning Commission in the development of future land-use regulations. It also serves to inform others, including nearby cities, of the characteristics of Beaux Arts Village that are most valued by and make it special to its residents.
HISTORIC HOMES STUDY: Recently, the Council authorized the Planning Commission to begin a study on ways to encourage the preservation of historic homes in Beaux Arts Village through incentives while still respecting owners' rights to use, maintain, and develop their properties in conformance with the Town's Zoning Code. The Planning Commission recently hosted a presentation on this topic. If you were are interested in viewing the slideshow from this presentation, please click here. The Planning Commission expects to continue this discussion for several months and welcomes anyone interested to attend the February meeting to learn more and offer insights.
SHORELINE MASTER PROGRAM UPDATE: The Department of Ecology has granted final approval to the Town's updated Shoreline Master Program. At the September 2014 Council meeting, the Council passed Ordinance No. 412, which formally adopts this update SMP. Thank you to the many residents who discussed, reviewed, and otherwise contributed to the community-wide effort to update these important regulations so that the Town has a workable program that fits our unique waterfront and complies with state statutes.
WHICH MAILBOX IS WHICH? There continues to be a lot of confusion about which box to use for various payments, correspondence, and outgoing mail. Here is a brief reminder about which box to use:
Please remember that the Town of Beaux Arts Village and the Western Academy of Beaux Arts are two completely separate entities. Each employs its own clerks to conduct business in their own spaces. If you place mail for one entity in the box of the other, the clerks will do their best to place your mail in the correct box in a timely manner. But delays are inevitable, so please use the correct box to avoid possible late charges and/or lost mail.
ZIP+4 LOOKUP: Beaux Arts will benefit greatly from recent changes in the way sales tax is collected and distributed in Washington State IF residents will use their ZIP+4 zip code for all online purchases and local purchases delivered to your home. If you don't already know your ZIP+4, please click here for a link to the lookup feature at www.USPS.com.
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