Amendments 4-6: Open Space Conservation, Low Impact Development, Arts and Culture

Amendment 4: Open Space Conservation

WHAT: The City is proposing a Comprehensive Plan amendment to support te conservation of private property through the use of conservation tools like the King County Public Benefit Rating System and Transfer of Development Rights programs.

WHY: This Comprehensive Plan amendment would support the conservation of private property with important ecosystem or community value.


Amendment 5: Low Impact Development

WHAT: The City is proposing a Comprehensive Plan amendment to add a policy supporting low impact development principles including retaining native vegetation, minimizing stormwater runoff, bioretention, rain gardens, and permeable pavements.

WHY: This Comprehensive Plan amendment would support the inclusion of low impact development techniques in new development and redevelopment where feasible and appropriate, supporting infiltration of rainwater, protecting water quality and supporting overall sustainability of the island.


Amendment 6: Arts and Culture

WHAT: The City is proposing a Comprehensive Plan amendment to add goals and policies supporting arts and cultural resources within the City of Mercer Island. This amendment would also adopt the city's first Comprehensive Arts and Culture plan, recognizing the community's history of supporting the arts, existing gaps in arts infrastructure, and outlining a strategy for nurturing arts and culture

WHY: This Comprehensive Plan amendment would create policy language supporting the arts, nurturing public art, and preserving Mercer Island's heritage, with the goal of supporting and sustaining rich and diverse cultural and arts experiences and opportunities for the community.

Amendment 4: Open Space Conservation

WHAT: The City is proposing a Comprehensive Plan amendment to support te conservation of private property through the use of conservation tools like the King County Public Benefit Rating System and Transfer of Development Rights programs.

WHY: This Comprehensive Plan amendment would support the conservation of private property with important ecosystem or community value.


Amendment 5: Low Impact Development

WHAT: The City is proposing a Comprehensive Plan amendment to add a policy supporting low impact development principles including retaining native vegetation, minimizing stormwater runoff, bioretention, rain gardens, and permeable pavements.

WHY: This Comprehensive Plan amendment would support the inclusion of low impact development techniques in new development and redevelopment where feasible and appropriate, supporting infiltration of rainwater, protecting water quality and supporting overall sustainability of the island.


Amendment 6: Arts and Culture

WHAT: The City is proposing a Comprehensive Plan amendment to add goals and policies supporting arts and cultural resources within the City of Mercer Island. This amendment would also adopt the city's first Comprehensive Arts and Culture plan, recognizing the community's history of supporting the arts, existing gaps in arts infrastructure, and outlining a strategy for nurturing arts and culture

WHY: This Comprehensive Plan amendment would create policy language supporting the arts, nurturing public art, and preserving Mercer Island's heritage, with the goal of supporting and sustaining rich and diverse cultural and arts experiences and opportunities for the community.


Commenting Closed: The 2018 Comprehensive Plan Amendments were approved by City Council on November 20, 2018

Amendment 4 sounds like a regulatory land grab. Adding more bureaucracy to hinder development (unless you have lots of lawyers and time) or your name is Sound Transit (in which case you have all the lawyers in town).

Jon Hanlon 12 months ago

One way to prioritize how we should improve our island is to ask: what are the reasons we HAVE to leave it? For my family, the most important reasons are employment, kids’ extracurricular activities, and arts/culture. I expect we’ll always want to go to Seattle for arts and culture, but Bellevue, Kirkland, and Issaquah have more high-quality arts opportunities than we do. Our kids still have access to Youth Theater Northwest extracurricular programs, but they're getting squeezed out by the rapidly increasing cost of space, and by the city's inability to replace the space that it formerly devoted to YTN. If we believe such stuff is an important part of a good community (and I sure do), then we should put that in writing as part of the city’s long-term, comprehensive plan.

Jonathan Shakes 12 months ago

The city already does a lot to support the arts. We need to focus on essentials like replacing the water and sewer lines. The city council has painted a dire picture of city finances in support of tax increases; now is not the time to dedicate revenue to subsidized art/artists spaces nor to MICA, which should be wholly paid for and maintained by private sources.

mjislandinfo about 1 year ago