Kenmore’s Shoreline Management Plan needs your input and then revision. The majority of zones under review have one or several frailties in that they are: in the flood plain, Kenmore Air flight paths, on soft fill ground (Liquidifcation Zone) and or, are located in rare ecologically sensitive areas. If you find Kenmore’s Shoreline Management Plan lacking in understanding or what is permissible please exercise your sound judgment and allow the public access to want you know.
Indeed, the city has a hard job keeping everyone happy. Because of the economy and population growth, the properties in question have pressure to change their permitted uses. So what is fair to the owner and the environment? In their plan they have ask to put areas that allow tall buildings very near Lake Washington shoreline, Sammamish Slough shoreline. However, there is long held existing use for Fish migration, bird flight patterns, and wetlands around lower Swamp Creek, including the heron rookery are there now. Major development done in proximity to fresh water may add run off containing pesticides, fertilizers and pharmaceuticals.
Personally, I am in favor of some areas further south just along Lake Washington getting some additional height. However the City proposal would permit areas along the Sammamish Slough nominal height being 35-foot buildings between 0-50 feet of the shoreline, 45-foot building within 50-100 feet of the shoreline, and 65-foot buildings within 100-150 feet of the shoreline. The management team at Plywood Supply Company may be asking for this change because they are planning to put an office building there? That is a better idea than housing. Less human impact and perhaps less of a foot print. There are presently much better In- Fill areas in Kenmore for density that can be developed first (Kenmore Village). These concerns and many more issues where heard at the Department of Ecology meeting held at Kenmore City Hall recently.
Please do review and consider asking for a re-submittal of Kenmore’s Shoreline Management Plan.
Patrick E. O’Brien