The Committee of the Whole (COW) Meeting at 5:30pm was held at the Big Rock Ballfields for the Ground Breaking Ceremony. This initiates the improvements to the fields voted in by our community on Proposition 1.
The videos of this meeting are posted on our YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSX4x6EbBCVQM1XAIlLq-nsJvUG2b_85U The high quality audio is available here: http://www.duvallwa.gov/AgendaCenter
To start the City Council Meeting, Mayor Ibershof made a proclamation that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The second proclamation was for the City of Duvall to participate in Kids to Parks Day on May 20, 2017, urging the residents of Duvall to make time on that day to take the children in their lives to a neighborhood, state or national park. Both of these proclamations can be read in their entirety on pages 10 and 11 of the Council Packet: http://www.duvallwa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3601
At this meeting (at the end), the Council voted in a new Councilmember, however Councilmember Leroy Collinwood gave notice of his resigning. So the Mayor asked the Council to suspend the usual rules of a three week wait and just allow for 10 days to pass before filling CM Collinwood’s position since there were six applicants for this last position. The main reason for this specific request is to allow whoever fills the new position to be able to file for the election before the deadline. Otherwise the new Councilmember would be voted into the Council but not be able to file for the election. This motion passed unanimously. About 7 minutes into 4-18-2017 City Council Meeting – Part 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5OQUpXSM14&list=PLSX4x6EbBCVQM1XAIlLq-nsJvUG2b_85U&t=419s&index=1) You can watch a farewell to Councilmember Collinwood who is moving and therefore resigning from the Duvall City Council.
Councilmember reports are on the 4-18-2017 City Council Meeting – Part 1 video at about 12:45 – 26:27. There are a multitude of interesting items on this agenda. The City Administrator mentioned the process for the Visitor Center lease was beginning, a continued look at Regional Animal Control Services, a review of the Town Hall Meeting on Transportation and the Earth Day Event. The Fire Chief delivered an update on King County Fire District #45. All of these can be viewed on the videos on the CFD YouTube Channel (link at the top of the post). However, I think most people are interested in the Public Hearing items, so let’s get to it.
There were no public comments for the City Property Surplus Resolution Public Hearing.
The Public Hearing for the Big Rock 10% Annexation Petition concluded at this meeting (it starts at 26:25 on 4-18-2017 City Council Meeting – Part 2). Planning Director, Lara Thomas gave a brief overview of new exhibits and general information of this petition. The Planning Commission already held their hearing and their recommendation is to move this petition forward. Thomas let the audience know that if this 10% petition moved forward to the next step, the 50% Petition, it typically includes: formal legal description and map of area to be annexed, pre-annexation agreement, public hearings, approval by the City Council via an ordinance, and then the ordinance is sent to the Boundary Review Board for final approval. Annexation decisions are not appealable. The applicant has offered to extend the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) between the City and WPM Property, that is set to expire on 12/31/2017, through 12/31/2018. Thomas explained that the next steps were to continue the public hearing and receive additional public testimony (closed at this meeting), have additional council discussion, talk about two different options for the MOU, the council needs to provide direction to staff (approve or deny 10% petition), and the council can amend/modify/add additional conditions. There was some really well thought out and potent public commentary and I encourage you to watch it. It kicks off at 34:27 on 4-18-2017 City Council Meeting – Part 2 and goes through Part 3, 13:24.
There were no public comments for the Emergency Moratorium on Residential Development.
The Director of Public Works, Boyd Benson, presented information about the proposed restroom facility at Big Rock Ball Field at 15:15 on the 4-18-2017 City Council Meeting – Part 3 video. The bid is higher than some were expecting, but it is mostly due to the fact that the stalls will all be individual entry. This is a great feature, as any gender can use any stall at any time, minimizing wait times during events.
Ordinance AB17-29, which updates the Park Impact Fee, providing for severability and establishing an effective date (starts 28:48 on 4-18-2017 City Council Meeting – Part 3) was discussed and voted
Councilmember Walker voiced support for choosing the highest end of the fee range presented by staff. His main reasons were that ten years ago the community made it known that they wanted the land around Big Rock Ball fields for future park expansion and the reason the City does not have the money to purchase the land (regardless of whether the property owners would sell to the City) is because these fees were not raised earlier. If the City is to save money to purchase land for parks and open space in the future, these fees need to be higher. Councilmember Ockerlander asked if the City overcharged and refund checks had to be issued, what the administrative costs would be. Public Works Director, Boyd Benson, replied they did not currently have a process for refunding park impact fee overcharges and that was a part of why the staff was recommending the more modest increase. Councilmember Walker reiterated that he believed through the response from the community that they wanted better facilities, and in order to accomplish that the fees needed to be higher. He ended with stating that if it meant they ran the risk of having to issue a few refund checks he thought it was worth the low risk, however he was willing to honor what the rest of the council agreed upon. All voted in favor of the moderate fee increase, except for Councilmember Thomas, who voted no. This increases the single family impact fee to $7,315 and the multi family impact fee to $6,486. You can read the original staff presentation here: https://citizensforduvall.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/park-impact-fee-presentation/
Regarding Resolution AB17-21, the Big Rock 10% Annexation Petition, Citizens For Duvall (CFD) conducted an online survey and sent the results to the City Council. They can be viewed here: https://citizensforduvall.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/big-rock-annexation-10-petition-survey/ The discussion starts at 10:05 on the 4-18-2017 City Council Meeting – Part 4 video. Mayor Ibershof suggested that the Council move forward with the 10% petition as the 50% petition is “where the rubber meets the road” and where details are discussed, and both parties can walk away if they can’t come to an agreement. Councilmember Collinwood said his main concern was hearing from the community that they want the land around the ball fields for park expansion and he wanted to know if that was on the table at all. Planning Director, Lara Thomas answered,
“The option you have in front of you is to purchase property within that area consistent with the existing Parks, Trails and Open Spaces Plan, saving up money and buying parcels out there whether it’s to the East or the West, there’s three parcels out there. Do you have the money today to do that? No. But do you have the opportunity to save money? You always have that opportunity. The question you have to ask yourself isn’t the opportunity lost and the future if you can’t acquire them, you can’t come into an agreement or they get developed out. It’s just an issue of risk, reward and what you can do in the future. Today you’re looking at just what is the opportunity that’s in front of you that’s apart of the 10% petition. And at this point it’s to garner three acres on one of the parcels and three acres on the other to expand the Big Rock Ball fields and then have to go into negotiation with that developer over whatever that period of time is that council decides during the pre-annexation process. To decide what that six acres is going to look like and if you can come into an agreement then you push that annexation over the threshold. If you can’t, then you politely say we couldn’t come to an agreement and you don’t move it forward and then you still have that option out in the future to potentially buy it. But I can’t tell you are you going to have that opportunity in the future? Or you’re not. We don’t have a crystal ball, all we have is the opportunity and/or the cost you have in front of you today.”
Councilmember Collinwood stated his appreciation for the developer’s willingness to negotiate and work with future codes that haven’t been codified yet. Councilmember Nixon stated that after much thought she wanted to see this go through to the 50% petition because she doesn’t even know if the Big Rock Ball fields would be suitable for expansion, the North annexation has a proposed 20 acre park and she would like to see a more central park rather than one on the edge of town. Councilmember Thomas said he would like to see this move forward to 50% petition as the applicant showed a great community benefit. Councilmember Ockerlander stated that she thought there needs to be more public discussion and the Parks, Trails & Open Spaces Plan needs to be updated. She believes that the best thing for the community is to continue the conversation as many members of the Council will not be the same next year after the election, and therefore move forward with the 10% petition. Councilmember Brudnicki doesn’t want the conversation to end with a developer who has expressed a desire to work with the City and the community. She believes more homes and families will increase the richness of the community. Councilmember Walker said that he believed provisions in the original MOU limited the City’s ability to negotiate in the best interest of the community and that is why he was against it before as well as against continuing the MOU. He said there is no justifiable provision under our growth targets to bring in more density with over 700 units in our pipeline. Annexations are to allow for growth in a City and he does not believe Duvall has a rational need to add growth with hundreds of homes in the queue. Councilmember Walker brought up the survey result from the City’s Town Hall meeting saying that the community wants to be listened to and that they want development to be done better. He said that the plans were beautiful but not designed for the future codes being developed and that we would lose the opportunity to make a meaningful expansion to this park that we’re investing substantial money into improving. Councilmember Walker stated he was fine with letting this opportunity go by letting the MOU expire at the end of the year. Councilmember Ockerlander stated that extending the MOU would not bind the developer to existing code and that this would simply continue the conversation and the draft concept could change significantly in the future. Councilmember Walker was concerned that the pre-annexation agreement is built upon the MOU, and there will be R4 density homes and how much park space we get will be dependent upon how many homes economically support that. The direction provided to staff from the majority of the councilmembers was to move forward with the 10% petition.
The Ordinance AB17-39 adopting a six month moratorium on the acceptance of new residential plat applications and new multi-family development applications within the City of Duvall passed 4 in favor (Walker, Brudnicki, Ockerlander, Nixon) and 2 opposed (Collinwood, Thomas).
The Council interviewed the three candidates and voted by matrix. Michelle Hogg received the majority vote and was sworn in at the meeting.