City Manager’s Weekly Report for week ending May 12, 2018

City Manager’s Weekly Report for the week ending May 12, 2018

Wireless Communications Facilities. At next Thursday’s Planning Commission Meeting, the Commission will continue a public hearing, from its April 19, 2018, meeting on proposed Development Regulation Amendments (City File No. DRA18-001), to address Small Cell Wireless Communications Facilities (WCF). Anyone may testify at the public hearing, or submit written testimony to the Planning Commission prior to, or at, the hearing. Small cell WCF is an emerging technology that is just being rolled out throughout Puget Sound. The City is currently reviewing a street franchise request from Verizon Wireless to install such facilities – mostly on existing Puget Sound Energy utility poles – at 20 locations throughout the city. Likely, other carriers will approach the City for similar agreements. It important that the City get it right with Verizon; our agreement with that carrier will set the pattern for our agreements with carriers in the future. The City Council will take final action on the proposed development regulations. These regulations, once adopted, will replace interim development regulations adopted by the Council in late 2017.

Trees. After initial City Council and Planning Commission review of tree regulations, a decision was reached by the City Council not to adopt proposed interim regulations (called emergency regulations by the City Attorney because such a designation is required for adoption at one reading). Subsequently, quite few trees have disappeared for a variety of reasons. After pondering this, I propose an alternative. If “NPMC 13.20.040 Permit – Required” includes a new provision stated as “NPMC 13.20.040 10) Cutting any tree as defined per NMPC 13.20.030 (26).”, which currently defines a “tree” per NPMC 13.20.030 (26) to mean “any living woody plant characterized by one main stem or trunk and many branches, and having a diameter of four inches or more measured 24 inches above the ground,” then tree removal would require a clear and grade permit for any such tree. With this adoption, the previous order would be restored – legitimately. Removing such a tree that was NOT a hazard tree (removal of a hazard tree is still $52) would again cost $312. If adopted, this code adjustment would cause failure to obtain a clear and grade permit for cutting a “tree,” as already defined in NMPC 13.20.030 (26), to be enforceable. While this sounds complicated, if you read the code as cited, it’s actually quite simple.

Shoreline Review. Under the shoreline provisions of the city code, a twice-yearly boat review of changes to the Normandy Park shoreline is required. This Thursday, I completed such a review, riding on King County’s catamaran aluminum vessel Sound Guardian, which has a built-in, structural hydrofoil forward, and travels at a max speed of around 30 knots. For kind of a big, fat utility vessel, that’s pretty fast. We reviewed the entire Normandy Park shoreline. King County documented everything and will subsequently compare changes to prior records. Any deviations will be checked for permit by the city. Violations under the city code and State regulation can involve civil and criminal penalties, enforceable by either the city or the State. Civil penalties can reach $1000 per day of violation from the point of notice. Criminal penalties can reach $10,000 and 90 days in jail. I will share the results of this review as an annual report to the City Council once the results are available. It’s always a good idea to check for permit requirements for projects on waterfront property.

Mark E. Hoppen, City Manager
City of Normandy Park
801 SW 174th Street
Normandy Park, WA 98166
(206) 248-8246 (direct line)

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