Sammamish City Council hears from possible commissioners

January 23, 2013

By Caleb Heeringa

Three people have applied to have a say in some of the looming land use issues facing Sammamish in the coming year.

The Sammamish City Council interviewed applicants for its advisory boards at a Jan. 15 study session. The citizen boards give policy suggestions to the city council. The city has two openings on the Planning Commission, with commissioners Kathy Richardson and Jeff Wasserman leaving.

It also has applicants for three openings each on its Parks and Recreation and Arts Commissions. (see sidebar)

The candidates for the Planning Commission include technology professional Erik Holt, real estate agent Tammy Nelson and transit designer and urban planner Manuel Soto. The commission will likely weigh in on potential changes to the city’s roads standards and Town Center Plan.

If appointed, Holt said he would attempt to find a balance between property rights and environmental health, but admitted that protecting the environment is his first inclination.

“I’m interested in helping the city grow and maintain the balance between positive business growth and the wonderful environment that the city has cultivated,” Holt said.

Nelson said she believes the city should focus on addressing traffic congestion on the city’s roads, possibly by building another park and ride lot at the north end of the city. She said she has a desire to serve the community.

“I’m interested in getting involved in the community and learning what goes on behind the scenes,” Nelson said.

Soto said he’d like to see the city push King County Metro and Sound Transit harder for more bus routes on the plateau — perhaps a route between Sammamish and Bellevue or an all-day route between Redmond and Issaquah through Samm-amish.

“Over the long term, I think (Samm-amish) would be able to support a route like that,” Soto said. “I don’t see Sammamish as a place that’s on the fringes (of the urban growth boundary.)”

The council is scheduled to name appointees to all three commissions at their Jan. 22 meeting, after the Review’s print deadline.

 

Reporter Caleb Heeringa can be reached at 392-6434. ext. 247, or cheeringa@isspress.com.

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