about errant road
crosses private property
will be more expensive to move the road in 20 years."
Express Staff Writer
homeowners in Bellevue may be losing parts of their front yards when
developers start building a new subdivision.
is that a city road is in the wrong place.
Cindy and Ken Ward presented an application for a preliminary plat for the
Maple Ridge Subdivision to the Bellevue City Council on Jan. 10.
location of the subdivision is on the east side of Eighth Street, between
Pine and Chestnut streets.
process of going through review by the Bellevue Planning and Zoning
Commission, the developers and the city realized Eighth Street did not
follow the city’s easement.
the road bends to the east outside the city’s easement and into the
on the west side of Eighth Street, particularly those between Walnut and
Chestnut streets, learned that property they had been enjoying and
landscaping would be gone when the road was put within its easement.
That is, if
the road is put into its easement.
voted to table the subdivision preliminary plat so its members could study
the problem of the errant road.
road ended up out of bounds is not clear.
said neither she nor her husband knew.
have no idea how Eighth Street was paved at such an odd angle. The
question has been asked, but it doesn’t seem any of the city officials
know, really," she said.
Head, the owner of the property to be subdivided, said he figured the road
has been as it is since 1935, the year he was born.
longest time, the property around South Eighth Street was pasture and
orchard. Head assumes the road came to lie where it does by custom of use.
one ever said anything about it," he said.
Brothwell, a former mayor and native of Bellevue, said, "I recall
people saying those property owners on the west side of Eighth Street were
building in the right of way."
He said one
property owner knew exactly where the street easement was when he built
owners of the homes along the out-of-place road, such as Wayne Inman,
April Chizum, Teri Curtis and Julie Georgiades, may be the first to feel
the impact of righting the road.
just hope the city will explore this," Chizum said.
lives on the corner of Eighth and Chestnut streets, said she was concerned
about two big trees that would have to be removed if the road was moved.
us at peace," she told the council.
the planner for the developers, was sympathetic toward the four
a subdivision in their front yards is bad enough, but taking part of their
front yards is salt on the wound," he said.
were also sympathetic.
point during the public discussion, Ken Ward asked the council if it would
consider leaving the road where it was on the condition the city shift a
proposed city bike path from the east side of the road to the west.
property owners seemed to like this idea.
however, thought it best to right the road now and make the expense of the
move part of the cost of the subdivision.
Thomas, the chair of the Bellevue P&Z, said, "Our main reason for
straightening Eighth Street is that it needs to be brought up to
Huxford, a Bellevue property owner, said, "To be fair to all the
property owners of Bellevue, the road should be made to conform."
He said the
property that the four homeowners had been enjoying as front yard
"belongs to all of us, not just them."
homeowner Melissa Fry said, "The potential homeowners on the east
side of the street have as much right to their property as those on the
west side. I am in favor of moving the road."
Bellevue Mayor Steve Fairbrother told the council that he believed now was
the time to move the road into its easement.
will be more expensive to move the road in 20 years," he said.
said in a later interview that the original plan for the subdivision
allowed for the road to remain in its present course, "just as long
as the city allowed the land that was encumbered by the road count as part
of a lot size of 12,000 square feet."
size allowed by the city for the subdivision’s lots is 12,000 square