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Thank you for the results pending last night's city council LID vote.

This is being sent to the local media.

After years of work planning and deliberating the Bothell
city council, at the end of a time extended hearing on Tuesday
night - March 4th 2008, voted 5 in favor, one opposed and
one abstaining to make ordinance the LID (low impact development)
standards that create a most unique developable environment
in the Critical Species Habitat that will both ensure success
for development and also protect wildlife assets that are unique 
to the area.

For additional information on the Critical Species Habitat
visit the Bothell city council web site.

In its entirety the property owners in the Fitzgerald subarea have
been required to give up development rights to between 50% and 60%
of their land and accept wide ranging restrictions on land development
to ensure that the wildlife environment within the subarea is
kept intact.  It is hoped that, in time, an old growth forest will
be established in the region to protect ground water and fish
habitat.  David Sharrard, Parametrix planning consultant, is quoted
as saying that the LID now in place is the best that he's seen and that
it is "very robust".

It is time for the community at large to gather support for the 
LID to ensure success in this venture.  There is a great deal of
planning that has to yet be accomplished plus finding qualified
development expertise to work with city staff professionals in
platting low impact development in order to successfully accomplish
the task at hand.  To paraphrase mayor Mark Lamb's assessment of
the LID, it is the most unique LID in the region and in the state
of Washington.  

What is about to be accomplished is truly ground breaking work in 
environmental protection.  Failure is not an option.  The city of 
Bothell must succeed in this, for future consideration and community
support, for a long work moving forward is integral.  Many of 
Bothell citizens have sacrificed a lot to make this happen.

Tom and Susan Berry
(Fitzgerald's Canyon Park Orchard)


For immediate release Contact:
March 7, 2008 Joyce Goedeke
Public Information Officer
425.471.3483 cell 

Bothell City Council Approves Ordinance to Provide High-Level
Environmental Protection through Low Impact Development Regulations

Bothell, Wash. - At its March 4 meeting, Bothell City Council adopted
an ordinance enacting  Low Impact Development (LID) regulations within
the Fitzgerald/35th Avenue SE Subarea (located in northeast Bothell), a
significant accomplishment that places high-level environmental
protection in this part of Bothell. This action is consistent with the
City’s goal of protecting important resource areas. Following a 17
month process and nine public hearing opportunities, City Council and
staff worked with the community and environmental consultants to create
regulations that would govern this approximately 210 acre area to
provide the following long-term benefits such as, but not limited to:
? Preservation of critical fish and wildlife habitat
? Retention or creation of large expanses of forest area
? Limitation on effective impervious surface area coverage
? Limitation of surface water runoff and maximization of local
groundwater infiltration from new development to avoid stream erosion
and destabilization.

"North Creek has a special place in the hearts of the people of
Bothell," said Mayor Mark Lamb. "This plan protects the quality of the
water in North Creek as well as the beautiful land that surrounds it. 
I'm very proud to lead a Council that has enacted the most advanced low
impact development regulations in the State of Washington and at the
same time respected the property rights of our citizens."   

The purpose of these LID regulations is to replicate the natural
hydrologic cycle through:
? Planning and Land Use Regulation including:
o Preserve/restore forested areas (including stream and wetland
o Minimize clearing and grading
o Reduce total impervious surface area
? Stormwater Management regulations including:
o Preserve/restore forested areas (including stream and wetland
o Reduce Effective Impervious Area (EIA) using LID Stormwater Best
Management Practices (BMP)
? Modification of the City of Bothell Construction Standards
o Modifying local access road design and widths
o Allowing use of permeable materials.
In October 2006, a study of the North Creek Fish and Wildlife Critical
Habitat Protection Area (NCFWCHPA) inspired the initiation of code
amendments in the Fitzgerald/35th Avenue SE Subrea. Since that time,
City staff worked with consultants, citizens and City Council to create
regulations governing this sensitive resource area.  The Council
initiated amendments to the Bothell Municipal Code to implement the
Fitzgerald/35th Avenue SE Subarea Plan LID amendments in December 2006.

For additional details, visit

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Best regards,

Joyce Goedeke  |  Public Information Officer
City of Bothell  |  BCTV Channel 21

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