Public Input?

February 14, 2017

In front of a full-house, standing-room-only crowd, 5 out of 6 Councilmembers voted to ignore the Katke Development Amendment in spite of near unanimous testimony in favor of the change.  More information will be added here in coming weeks...

The Katke Amendment is written to remove language in Gig Harbor's existing Development Agreement ordinance that gives City Council the authority to deviate from underlying zoning codes such as building heights, densities, setbacks, etc.

The next DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENTS meeting is: 

Plng & Blg Committee   Mon - Mar 20, 2017 - 5:30 pm

Gig Harbor Civic Center | 3510 Grandview Street

The meeting will focus on the Public Input Process for Development Agreements. Public Comment will be allowed. (Committee Councilmembers: Paul Kadzik | Steve Ekberg | Rahna Lovrovich)

Council Vote Monday - Feb 13

February 10, 2017

If there was ever a day for our community to turn-out, Monday's it! The 1st Item on Monday's Council Agenda will be public input on Development Agreements.  Staff's recommended action:

Take public comment, discuss proposed amendments, and choose one of these two options:

  1. Move to:  Initiate amendment and direct staff to set a date for a Council work-study to begin direction consideration by the Council
  2. Move to: Direct staff to prepare a resolution for the February 27th Council meeting to cease further processing of the text amendment.

Below is the area that could (under the City's current Development Agreement language) bypass all zoning regulations and circumvent public input. Regardless of varied opinions, does our community want Council using Development Agreements to change downtown?

February 2017

More Legal Findings Against GH's DA

Correspondence from Cheney's counsel, Gordon Thomas & Honeywell, (William Lynn Letter) favors the City's current Development Agreement.  Attorney Carol Morris responds (Morris Letter) with case law and findings that bring Gig Harbor's 2013 Development Agreement Amendment in question.

Another of Cheney's One Harbor Point attorneys (Goeltz Letter) also weighed on Feb 7, 2017. Again counsel for Jeffrey Katke provides clear findings to the contrary. (See letter from Attorney Carol Morris.) 

In a letter dated Feburary 8, local Keller Williams Real Estate Principle, Dave Morris, expresses his opinion regarding the Cheney Proposal that requires a Development Agreement...

Traffic impacts would be minimal, somewhat helped by the target age range of the future tenants.  Street, sidewalk, and lighting improvements would be inevitable; professional landscaping and safe and attractive “tree planting” would take place.  Strict covenants for view protection AND grounds and building maintenance would be superior.  Such a quality development and the infusion of new neighbors could be a very welcome addition compared to the problems inherent with a forested urban park, or an uncoordinated assemblage of individual single family homes both of which have been suggested alternate uses for this property.    

January 2017

On January 23, 2017, Tacoma real estate development firm McCament & Rogers circulated a Call for Public Support Letter regarding Gig Harbor's controversial Development Agreement.  

In response, Carol Morris, legal counsel for local resident Jeffrey Katke, provided a detailed Clarification Letter explaining the problems that the City's current Development Agreement as written creates for the community.  

Why would a developer bother to conform to the development standards if a (development) agreement could allow anything at all? The only question then would be how much the developer will pay the city in the form of ‘public benefits.’  -- Carol Morris | Attorney for Jeffrey Katke

Citizen Challenges City's Development Agreement Policies -- Jan 20, 2017 Charlee Glock-Jackson | Gig Harbor Life

For more input on this subject, go to 4GIGHARBOR BLOG Opinions.