Laurelhurst Community Club
Serving 2800 Households in
April 1, 2003
Weldon Ihrig, Executive Vice President
306 Gerberding Hall
RE: Mayor’s Proposal to Eliminate the UW Lease Lid
As you are aware, Mayor Nickels has proposed eliminating the lease lid. The Mayor’s proposal was developed with no involvement of surrounding communities or CUCAC, little understanding of the successful 18-month process between the University and its neighbors in negotiating the 1998 City-University Agreement addressing many issues, including the lease lid, and no analysis of the impacts of eliminating this long-term mechanism to protect adjacent communities from the adverse impacts of University expansion. A few years ago, you contacted the neighborhoods asking that we all work together to revise the 1983 City-University Agreement because the City’s proposal did not meet the needs of the University. We did that and after hundreds of compromises in finalizing our proposal, the City and the UW Board of Regents approved the 1998 City-University Agreement. We are now asking that you work with us to negotiate a compromise on the lease lid issue.
Despite the ambitious timetable established by the Council for consideration of the Mayor’s lease lid proposal, we are hopeful that the Council will allow sufficient time for us to work together to develop a solution that addresses the University’s needs and concerns of the neighborhoods while considering the Mayor’s desire to revitalize The Ave. It is possible that prior to making a decision, the Council might be interested in the results of the recently filed petition before the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board on the adopted University Master Plan as that appeal addresses the University’s land acquisition policy and the lease lid among other issues. Because the prehearing conference on that matter is scheduled for May 5, 2003, it would seem that there is time for the University to work with its neighbors.
Please let us know if you are interested in working together to develop a compromise on the lease lid issue.
Jeannie Hale, President
525-5135 / fax 525-9631
cc: CUCAC members; Theresa Doherty; Seattle City Councilmembers, Mayor Nickels