LETTER | Seaplane permitting irks come residents

Editor:

OPEN LETTER TO THE KIRKLAND CITY COUNCIL

 

Dear Council Members:

As you are aware, there is a controversy brewing over seaplane permitting at carillon point.  This began in April with a request for for a permit which was deemed complete in May. The city almost immediately stated they expected issue a DNS, Which says no environmental impact statement (EIS)  was needed.  People who had concerns about this issue were given until June 20th to write to city planners or they would not be allowed to speak when a public hearing is finally scheduled.

Let's look for a moment at how the citizens of Kirkland were notified. Three signs were posted in public, two at the pedestrian walkway entrances and one along the boulevard.

All property owners within 300 ft. were to be also notified. Unless you are one who walks to work you won't see two of these and the third is on the lawn away from the boulevard and has no place for any vehicle to stop for a flyer unless you park in carillon and walk back. The people who are within 300 ft. are more businesses

It doesn't take long to see that the window for protesting this proposal is very short and that coupled up with very obscure signage has created a poorly informed public.

Now let's consider who is really affected by this proposed seaplane port.  That would be all the people who live in condos or homes along the waterfront and adjacent from carillon to Marina Park and beyond, not to mention the other communities stretching to Hunt's point

Many of our citizens do not know that this venture is not just a sightseeing plane port, but will also be used to train people to fly and become pilots.

 

The point of this letter is to point out what looks like a bias on the part of the city planners to "make this happen".  In fairness, the planning dep't has to see if the applicant meets the city's requirements and if they do, they would issue a permit. But there are other issues here  and they are called citizens and where they live, their environment

 

There have been several letters more recently  about the the noise these planes create under full throttle and the safety issues  they can create in a crowded recreation venue.

These deserve a thoughtful look.

For those people who have lived in this city for awhile you'll remember the bitter fight over the Potala building at 10th and Lake St in Kirkland.  (Still not built) which resulted in multiple lawsuits and expense for the city.  It is clear that some of the city's codes need amending and environmental impact statements required.

Let's hope the the city will care as much about the people who live here as they do about entrepreneurs making a buck.

 

J.F. Rogers