City hasn’t considered full impact of proposal

  • Thursday, May 1, 2008 1:19pm

The citizens of Shoreline should be aware of the pitfalls to be encountered by them due to the current downzoning proposal contained in Shoreline City Council Ordinance 500. This ordinance seeks to downzone commercial properties (currently zoned CB, RB, or I) that are in proximity to residential zones (R-4, R-6, R-8).

There are several outcomes of this action that the council seems unwilling to consider. These include: 1) The economic impacts upon the estimated 70 property owners in Shoreline who will find the value of their property reduced by as much as 25 percent or more; 2) The loss of an affordable senior housing project when such housing is scarce and in demand; 3) The construction of buildings under these new restrictions will be more difficult and costly; 4) The loss of tax revenues from these commercial properties with transfer of more burden to homeowners; and 5) Contradiction of the city’s own planning efforts to support urban development in selected areas of the city .

The concerns of affected property owners and senior citizens have not been solicited nor heard. This flaw in the process has lead to a flawed proposal. We hope the council will reconsider their actions.

John and Nadine Murray

Shoreline

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