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Update: Neighbors will be asked for input about McDonald’s

The good thing about having a standing public disclosure request for city council emails? I get city council emails. The not-so-good thing? I get them in batches, every two weeks. So I don’t always have the most current information. Before I wrote last week’s post about a proposal to build a McDonald’s at the corner of Fourth Plain Boulevard and Main Street, I had only seen an April 14 email from Chad Eiken, Overlord of Development. When I mentioned it to him, he thought I was referring to an April 15 email, which he emailed me today and is posted below.

(In short, under a Type I process, neighbors could certainly give input. Under a Type II process, neighbors will actually be asked for input. Eiken said today that the same development standards apply, but the key difference is that the public gets to comment on the project, which staff will consider. Another difference? The project can be appealed by a third party if someone feels that staff’s decision was made in error.)

From: Eiken, Chad
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:53 AM
To: Leavitt, Tim; Burkman, Jack; Turlay, Bill; McEnerny-Ogle, Anne; Topper, Alishia; Hansen, Bart; Smith, Larry
Cc: Gathe, Ted; Holmes, Eric; Tyler, Lloyd
Subject: RE: McDonalds Update

Mayor and Council,

I wanted to update you one new piece of information regarding the proposed McDonalds. Our traffic engineers have determined that the traffic generated will exceed 200 Average Daily Trips (ADT) and therefore this will be processed under the Type II site plan review procedures, which will include a public notice to property owners within 500 feet and neighborhood associations in close proximity (Hough, Carter Park, Shumway, Arnada Park) and a 14-day comment period. The decision will still be administrative and issued by the planner, and any appeal of the project would be heard by the City Hearing Examiner (with further appeal to Superior Court).

If you receive inquiries from the public, please feel free to forward them to the Patti McEllrath, Associate Planner, who will be the case manager. Her contact information is patti.mcellrath@cityofvancouver.us, (360) 487-7893. As I mentioned previously, we will encourage the applicants to contact nearby neighborhood associations to attend upcoming meetings where they can receive input from nearby residents and businesses.

 

 

Stephanie Rice

I have worked at The Columbian since 1996. I covered the criminal justice system for 10 years and currently cover Vancouver city government. Reach me at stephanie.rice@columbian.com or 360-735-4508.

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