LETTER: ‘Mary’s Place – should the Burien Comprehensive Plan be amended?’

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following Letter to the Editor is a rebuttal to another Letter, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]

Hi Aaron,

Mary’s Place – Should the Burien Comprehensive Plan Be Amended?

Thank you for responding, I think a dialog like this is exactly what’s needed. Also there is a lot of misinformation floating around and I would like to see better public explanations so we can all better understand what is actually going on?

Answers to Your Questions:

No I do not live in Shorewood, it would be easy to say, “yes if this were happening in my neighborhood I would support it.” The truth is, w/o any details , I can’t say that; I can say that we have a housing crisis and this appears to be a rare opportunity to build some affordable housing. Yes, I can also say that yes I believe the BCC is considering your thoughts.

My understanding is the:

  • Next city council meeting is to approve (or not) changes to the comprehensive plan.
  • The planning commission, city attorney and city planner have all recommended a change to the comp plan.
  • Mary’s Place has not said the only development they would support is high density
  • Yes Mary’s Place has been continuously negotiating / discussing with the citizens of Shorewood throughout the process.
  • At the planning commission meeting the Citizens of Shorewood were opposed to changing the comprehensive plan and were not negotiating.
  • Yes the last speaker did ask for compromise, was that you?

I do think the development should move forward and that discussions to determine appropriate use should continue. I see changing the comp plan as central to this. What do you think?

Question to you:

Am I correct in understanding that you are in favor of this project if it is zoned medium density and not high density?

– David Feinberg

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