Have you ever felt left-out of the land use review process or wanted to learn more about a development in Redmond? Good news!
This week, Redmond City Council approved a new land use law that will require the developer hold a "neighborhood meeting" to meet with citizens about the project, listen to constructive input, and address citizen concerns and suggestions. A city representative is required to be present to register participants and guarantee the review process.
For years neighborhood meetings have been suggested but not required -- usually leaving citizens hung out to dry. No longer. Effective in the Spring off 2011, one neighborhood meeting is required for all Preliminary Plats (10 or more lots) and smaller Short Plats (Type II) that meet any of the following criteria:
- three or more lots
- have critical areas on the site
- are forested with 75% tree canopy.
You may wonder why a neighborhood meeting wasn't required for a the Evergreen Redmond Medical Plaza development. Good question! Any thoughts? But, for now we can give thanks to the Code Re-Write Commission with a shout-out to Sue Stewart and Robert Pantley for recommending this code!
Opinion By Bob Yoder