Sammamish Forum Aug. 14
August 14, 2013
development a failure of the city
Response to your article printed in August 1st Edition.
As mentioned in your article, the city management of Sammamish negotiated a deal with King County and developers who are being allowed to build 252 houses on the 40 acres in question. Mitigations have been made to bring King County’s minimal guidelines for high-density housing into line with the Sammamish building codes.
Why did our City negotiators drop the ball on negotiating with King County to convert Mystic Lake into a park? There is no park in the NE 4th Quadrant of our city. City residents surrounding Mystic Lake have made repeated pleas to our city management, asking that this land be protected against being paved over with more high density housing.
The other obvious concern is that by allowing this high density housing to move forward, what will be happen to neighboring properties due to all the new water run-off that will be a result of all the new roof tops and pavement?
An opportunity is being lost to our community. Mystic Lake could be dredged and restored. Trails could be set up throughout that would provide a natural wonderland. The various outbuildings, stalls and corrals on the drier portion of the property, could be converted for a Mini-Zoo. The main house could be the City Museum and host community meetings.
Unfortunately, our City Planners lack this kind of vision and instead will be “Tearing down paradise, and putting in some parking lots”. Shame on the powers that be and shame on us as citizens, for not standing up loud and strong to protect this resource for our future generations.
Town Center irony
Oh the irony of the front page of the Sammamish Revue on Aug 7 featuring coverage of a report on ways to start development at the Sammamish Town Center juxtaposed next to a picture of our now closed Ace Hardware.