The following was sent to the Bothell Reporter as a letter to the editor but addressed to city of Bothell planner Stan Kosick:
I am writing to express my concerns about the pending plans for the Waude Green PUD in my neighborhood on the hill at the continuation of 95th Avenue Northeast and 93rd Avenue Northeast.
I have lived in Bothell for six years and recently moved to this neighborhood from downtown. One of the reasons we moved was to get away from the unabated construction going on there (Pop Keeney Field, Crossroads intersection work, new city hall, etc…).
For the reason above, we have appreciated and enjoy the safe and peaceful character of our new neighborhood and we feel this is threatened by this new development. The proposed variance is the latest example of the careless and inadequate planning that seems to be the hallmark of this development and the city of Bothell- serving developers needs rather than the needs of its citizens. I am skeptical the city, and perhaps Toll Brothers, has not told the neighbors all the details. Unfortunately, based on what has transpired with the Bothell City Hall project and Wayne Golf Course I am worried about transparency and honesty.
I am concerned about the lack of a comprehensive traffic impact study to determine the impact of additional heavy traffic in our neighborhood. I have noticed already that Northeast 175th Street is a “short cut” around the traffic congestion on Bothell Way. Northeast 175th Street is very narrow in some places and cars are going well over the neighborhood speed limit of 25 almost all the time. Adding additional ingress and egress on 93th Avenue Northeast, as well as the added traffic of potential new residents using 95th Avenue Northeast would most likely impact traffic as well as the safety of residents of this neighborhood. How will 93rd Avenue Northeast – as a 30-foot-wide road – possibly support at least 30 homes and more than 60 vehicles in terms of traffic and parking? The overflow and impact on our existing neighborhood could be significant. I have seen a traffic camera out for less than 24 hours earlier this month at Northeast 175th and 95 Avenue Northeast. Is that the traffic study? Has a comprehensive study been completed or planned? Have residents been interviewed?
Additionally I am concerned about the noise, dust and construction inconveniences that will be associated with this entire project. I would assume that this project might take years to complete. Also I am against the cutting of hundreds of mature trees and the destruction of a natural, open space that may be subject to geological issues.
As a private property owner I do understand the rights of property owners to do what they want with their property, but I would argue and believe it would be more appropriate for the city of Bothell to find funds (public, private or joint) in order to purchase and preserve this proposed development area as protected, green open space area.
Stanley Schriger, Bothell