Residents need more time

Herald reporter Kate Reardon’s Nov. 10 article, while timely, does not adequately address the scope of the public sentiment at the meeting (“Residents ask for more time to study shoreline guide”). The meeting was standing-room only. The presentation, while informative, was limited in content and specifics. The public is asked to submit specific comment about a vaguely presented plan.

Gail Chism’s voice was not alone in asking for an extension of the comment period. A significant number of Port of Everett tenants and residents present expressed concern that they had not been notified about the important changes to their boating that this plan intends. Further, the last public hearing is on a Nov. 28 with the comment period closing two days later. The public is asked to digest, in two days, material it took a committee over two years to complete. The holidays also complicate attention to the details of this process.

I respectfully request that the planning commission and planning department extend the public process an amount adequate to ensure that meaningful public understanding and participation are allowed.


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