Bellevue P&Z says no
to storage units plan
By MATT FURBER
Express Staff Writer
Bellevue’s Planning and
Zoning Commission Thursday, June 5, approved the design review for the most
recent Bellevue Square plans.
Developer Ronald Sharp
accepted recommendations that the approximately 30,000-square-foot, 30 unit,
five building shopping center to be built south of Valley Market should not
include self-storage units.
The storage component was
intended to help Sharp "recapture infrastructure cost" until city
business could absorb the increase in retail space.
"There hasn’t been
this much retail development in Bellevue in 20 years," he said. But, the
longtime Wood River Valley developer understood that the community did not want
to see a trend set that would permit self-storage construction in the city.
Once the final parking, snow
storage and waste-removal questions are ironed out, "the project may go
forward as changed," said Steve Almquist, Bellevue Planning and Zoning
Sharp expects the project
will take approximately three construction seasons to complete.
"I’d like to get all
spaces occupied within three and a half years," he said. "It is in our
Design review for Larry
Wilson’s final townhouse project, Highland Village, was held up due to
landscaping concerns. Wilson said several trees had died on the property due to
irrigation problems. The commission recommended that Wilson plant some new
spruce trees and even some cranberry bushes. With the Bellevue Tree Committee
looking over its shoulder, the commission intends to aggressively promote
responsible landscaping to each new development applicant.
And as more applications pour
across Almquist’s desk, concern about water and sewer problems are still a
concern for the commission.
Thinking about future
infrastructure, the commission needs to decide how to recommend impact fees for
new developments. Water study data would help them come up with a fee structure,
said chairwoman Karen Hawkes.
"We need to go to the
council to get direction," she said.
Almquist suggested that that
was possible and reminded the commission they could move forward with regular
business because at the current rate, sewer and water hookups would be available
for a "good amount of time," time the city needs to solve its water
and sewer issues.