UPDATE FROM CHERRYL STEBEN, WPOA PRESIDENT
THANK YOU to every one of you that sent email and letters to the City of Olympia and those of you who attended the Trillium public hearing on Monday night and also testified. Your efforts are working!And a special thank you to Thurston County Commissioner Karen Valenzuela for her great support of all the Wilderness homeowners. She was very instrumental in the County’s submission of a letter to the City of Olympia notifying them the county is vacating 45′ of the 60′ right-of-way at Highline Drive. The City of Olympia and the applicant, DR Horton, agreed to this action.That means *NO CONNECTING ROAD TO TRILLIUM!* The remaining 15′ of the right-of-way will be dedicated for a pedestrian throughway only.
Please take the opportunity to thank Commissioner Valenzuela for attending our general membership meeting in May and supporting us with our Trillium project concerns and getting our voices heard. You may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone should be happy with the progress we have made to date.
HOWEVER, we still need your support at the continuing public hearing regarding the Master Plan and the Preliminary Plat June 28th. If you were at the hearing last Monday night but did not get to testify, PLEASE ATTEND the hearing June 28th. The Hearing Examiner will allow public comment from those individuals who did not have the opportunity to testify Monday. The hearing on DR Horton’s appeal of the City’s SEPA determination will follow the conclusion of the continuing hearing on
the Master Plan/Preliminary Plat, but testimony in that subsequent hearing will be limited to those representing DR Horton and the City.
Great job everyone! Let’s keep up the momentum as it does make a difference.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
2010 WPOA President
To read a good review of the hearing on June 14th click on this link:
Originally Posted by Christi McGinley at 7:35 PM on the WPOA original blog at: http://wpoa98501.blogspot.com/
UPDATE FROM CHERRYL STEBEN,WPOA PRESIDENT
On June 1st, we requested the full file (all documents in digital format) for the proposed Trillium development from the City of Olympia. We have not yet received it, but will make the full contents available as soon as we do receive it and are able to upload them.Thurston County Commissioner Karen Valenzuela met directly with Todd Stamm, City of Olympia Planning Director, and Brett Bures, City of Olympia Associate Planner on June 3rd. She felt the meeting was unproductive and disappointing in that staff gave no consideration to concerns about any of the elements in Section T 3.20 (f) 1 – 9 of the City’s Transportation Policy
–that is, lack of sidewalks, pedestrian safety, inadequate line of sight, existing neighborhood configuration, other better alternatives, etc– but instead insisted they’ll continue to argue for the development of a through street, mostly on the basis that it’s ‘policy.’ Commissioner Valenzuela considers staff’s position one that actually ignores joint policy between the City and the County, and plans to testify to that effect at the hearing on the 14th.
Please plan to attend the June 14th hearing! If you have any concerns about the proposed connecting street, the discharge of stormwater runoff through the Chambers ditch, potential impact on septic systems, increased traffic on Wiggins Road, or any other potential impacts, please attend to add your comments to the record.
If you wish to submit any written comments, please submit them to Brett Bures, Associate Planner, by June 10th to ensure they become a part of the official record:
Community Planning and Development
837 7th Avenue SE
P.O. Box 1967
Olympia, WA 98507-1967
FAX: (360) 753-8087
TTY: (360) 753-8270
(You may submit written comments at subsequent hearings, but June 10th ensures they are entered into the official record.)
Originally Posted by Christi McGinley at 9:48 AM on the WPOA original blog at: http://wpoa98501.blogspot.com/
UPDATE FROM CHERRYL STEBEN,WPOA PRESIDENT
Thurston County Commissioner Karen Valenzuela attended our meeting, heard and shared our concerns about the proposed connecting road between Highline Drive and the proposed Trillium development north of Wilderness. Karen reports county planning staff related our concerns to City of Olympia planning staff the following day and there appears to be mutual agreement that a full service connecting road does not make sense, considering potential traffic flows and safety concerns. She plans to attend a follow up joint planning staff meeting to ensure City of Olympia staff understands why Wilderness cannot support a full service connecting road.
Notice of Public Hearings
The City of Olympia has reopened public hearings on the proposed Trillium development. Please plan to attend these hearings to address the following concerns:
- Flooding – the new development, and several other adjacent developments, propose to route all the storm water runoff through our neighborhood! This may also have an impact on the septic systems.
- Traffic – the development also proposes to run traffic through our neighborhood. The City already expects the level of traffic to cause Level of Service F, or failure, at key intersections.
- Environmental Degradation
Master Plan and Preliminary Plat Hearing
June 14, 2010 – 6:30 PM
SEPA Appeal Hearing
June 28, 2010 – 6:30 PM
Both meetings held at City Council Chambers (900 Plum Street SE, Olympia).
* It is critical we attend these hearings to continue recording these concerns! *
Originally Posted by Christi McGinley at 12:55 PM on the WPOA original blog at: http://wpoa98501.blogspot.com/