Laurelhurst Community Club
Serving 2800 Households in
October 11, 2004
Councilmember Richard Conlin, Chair
Transportation Committee and
Members of the Transportation Committee
P.O. Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025
RE: Street Vacation Policies
Dear Councilmembers Conlin, Godden, Rasmussen and McIver:
The Laurelhurst Community Club Board of Trustees appreciates your efforts over the past couple of years to develop comprehensive street vacation policies. Your draft proposal provides objective criteria to address many of the issues that surface when a street vacation is sought. We believe the policies would be more effective, however, if you also address issues relating to vacation of waterways and if you include provisions promoting community involvement in the street vacation process.
On page 25 of Attachment A, you set forth policies placing restrictions on vacation of rights-of-way abutting bodies of water, yet you do not address vacation of waterways. You note that vacation of a street or alley or portion of a street or alley that abuts a body of water is regulated by RCW 35.79.035 and SMC 15.62.080, but do not address vacation of state waterways, something that is governed by RCW 79.93.060. That state law allows vacation of a waterway upon request by ordinance or resolution of the city council of the city where the waterway is located if approved by the commissioner of public lands. We ask that the restrictions you have developed for rights-of-way abutting bodies of water also expressly apply to waterways.
We also hope that you will include polices providing for public notice and community involvement in street vacation processes at an early stage. Community groups and other stakeholders beyond adjacent landowners should have notice and an opportunity to review petition applications as early as possible. We support the recommendation of the Northeast District Council for installation of a “white board” similar to those used for master use permits to ensure public notice and an opportunity to participate in the process.
We hope you will consider our recommendations regarding the street vacation policies.
Jeannie Hale, President Liz Ogden, LCC Transportation Committee
3425 West Laurelhurst Drive NE 5005 48th Avenue NE
Seattle, Washington 98105 Seattle, Washington 98105
206-525-5135 / fax 206-525-9631 206-517-5862 / fax 206-729-5132