Town of Beaux Arts Village
CERTIFIED LOCAL GOVERNMENT (CLG) PROGRAM: At their March meeting, the Council passed Ordinance No. 428 establishing quidelines for historic preservation and creating property-owner incentives for preserving and protecting historic properties within the Town. This ordinance was presented to the Council by the Planning Commission after eighteen+ months of devoted study reviewing the various ways other Washington cities are employing to encourage the preservation of historic properties. The CLG 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 properties that a recognized as historic. To review the enacted ordinance, please click here.
One important aspect of the ordinance is the creation of the Beaux Arts Historic Preservation Commission composed of five members serving six-year terms. The Commission's primary responsibility is to identify and actively encourage the conservation of the Town's historic resources. Residents who may be interested in serving on this Commission are urged to contact Planning Commissioner Paula Dix.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
EAST LINK UPDATE: For up-to-date information about Sound Transit's East Link project, 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 email@example.com.
You may contact Sound Transit Community Outreach by email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 are tasked with monitoring the traffic impacts that result from the East Link project. Please visit http://www.ci.bellevue.wa.us/light-rail.htm for up-to-date information.
The South Bellevue Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Committee is specifically focused on traffic impacts in the greater Enatai area. Please visit http://www.ci.bellevue.wa.us/12292.htm for up-to-date information about that committee's work.
The Beaux Arts Council is reviewing ways of evaluating the volume and impact of traffic cutting through Beaux Arts during Sound Transit's construction. At their April 2017 meeting, they authorized the purchase of traffic counters that will be used to establish the current volume of traffic using both 108th Ave SE and the 104th/SE28th/105th SE arterial. After the baseline counts are obtained, periodic counts will be taken so that the Council can evaluate volume changes and determine appropriate action.
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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