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. http://www.ci.bothell.wa.us/dept/council/meetcouncil.html http://www.ci.bothell.wa.us/dept/council/Packets/030408/ab08-44.pdf 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) ================================================================== CITY OF BOTHELL PRESS RELEASE For immediate release Contact: March 7, 2008 Joyce Goedeke Public Information Officer 425.489.4871 425.471.3483 cell firstname.lastname@example.org www.ci.bothell.wa.us 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." (more) 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 buffers) o Minimize clearing and grading o Reduce total impervious surface area ? Stormwater Management regulations including: o Preserve/restore forested areas (including stream and wetland buffers) o Reduce Effective Impervious Area (EIA) using LID Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) ? Modification of the City of Bothell Construction Standards including: 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 www.ci.bothell.wa.us. (# # #) Best regards, Joyce Goedeke | Public Information Officer City of Bothell www.ci.bothell.wa.us | BCTV Channel 21 Close (X) window when finished.
Created on ... March 11th 2008