Taking a page from the "Who Wants to be Millionaire" game show, the City of Bellevue will electronically poll the audience when it explores possible regulations governing the tearing down of existing homes for much bigger new ones.
In December the City Council adopted a first round of regulatory changes to address specific neighborhood concerns about redevelopment and what critics call "mega-houses."
Now the city is launching phase two of the Neighborhood Character project -- also targeting the impacts of redevelopment and infill -- and staff and Planning Commissioners are seeking a broad range of public opinion on several important questions.
Should the city, for instance:
- Enact regulations to limit the bulk of new homes or to protect neighboring homes from the loss of sunlight and privacy?
- Restrict the ability of residents to combine lots?
- Establish separate setback requirements for mechanical equipment and guest cottages?
- Reduce remodeling construction hours?
On Tuesday, April 8, the city will host a 7 p.m. community conversation in the Council Chambers at City Hall on the above issues. The meeting will feature an automated audience response system similar to the one used by "Millionaire" and other television shows to obtain immediate audience feedback. All residents are welcome to come learn more about neighborhood redevelopment issues and register opinions on the possible solutions.
Opinions also can be expressed in writing, by phone or e-mail, by attending a Planning Commission meeting when neighborhood character is on the agenda. The Planning Commission is expected to discuss neighborhood character in May.
For more information, visit the Neighborhood Character web page or contact Neighborhood Outreach at 425-452-6836. E-mail questions and feedback can be sent to Neighborhood Outreach.
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