The city of Shoreline and many other cities seem to be re-zoning or sporadically spot zoning our neighborhoods away, even though many of us love our residential neighborhood atmosphere the way it is now.
Currently, over 100 Shoreline residents are opposing a spot re-zone of two residential-zoned parcels to business-zoned parcels, which will permanently affect many residents and allow any business to encroach into the neighborhood in the future. This rezone is to benefit one construction company that got a code violation for operating their company illegally in these residential-zoned parcels.
Instead of enforcing existing code and zoning, the proposal would permanently change the zoning from residential to business against the general welfare and preference of the larger community. This is not a comprehensive long-term planning exercise and sets the precedent for spot zoning or re-zoning parcels whenever and wherever businesses or developers want to.
Get ready, as a spot rezone may be coming to a neighborhood near you, and soon. If it hasn’t already.