On November 2, 2016, a Gig Harbor resident located within 300 feet of the proposed Cheney "Triangle" project filed a Text Amendment to Chapter 19.08 Development Agreements. While it is true that Development Agreements are legal, Gig Harbor's Development Agreement Ordinance is not per RCW 36.70b.170:
A development shall be consistent with applicable development regulations adopted by a local government planning under chapter 35.70A RCW.
The City's Planning and Building Committee will review the Text Amendment proposal (PL-ZONF-16-0002) on Tuesday, January 3 at 5:30 during a public meeting.
Excerpt from Legal Opinion Letter to the City...
The code allows the City to “sell” its zoning to the highest bidder. If the City is allowed to enter into development agreements which vary from the development regulations, in exchange for the developer’s “superior” design and public amenities, then the City has eliminated the need for its Zoning Code. After all, if a developer can deviate from a city’s development regulations through a “beauty contest” involving a supermajority of the council, why would any developer choose to submit development applications for permits, which must be reviewed under the City’s pesky Zoning Code?
The next DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENTS meeting is:
Plng & Blg Committee Mon - Mar 6, 2017 - 5:30 pm
Gig Harbor Civic Center | 3510 Grandview Street
Let City Council know what you think.