Port Withdraws Harbor Square Application
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 20:16

On April 8, the Port Commission authorized the Executive Director to send a letter to the City of Edmonds withdrawing the Port’s application for a modification to the City’s comprehensive plan concerning redevelopment of Harbor Square. Below is the letter:


Re: Port of Edmonds Application for Comprehensive Plan

City of Edmonds File No. AMD20110009


Dear Rob and Kernen:


This letter is to formally notify the City of Edmonds, through its Planning Department, that the Port of Edmonds is withdrawing its Land Use Application for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment and/or Sub Area Plan Amendment to have the City adopt the Port’s Harbor Square Master Plan as a City Comprehensive Plan Amendment or Sub Area Plan.


This formal withdrawal of the Port of Edmonds Land Use Application is necessitated by the City Council’s inability to substantively review the Planning Board’s recommended decision approving, with conditions, the adoption of the Harbor Square Master Plan Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Council’s failure to consider the City Staff’s recommendation that the Council similarly adopt that Planning Board recommendation. Nonetheless, the Port of Edmonds understands that it is the City Council’s ultimate prerogative to accept the Planning Board’s and the City Staff’s recommendations and with the Council’s reticence to do so, the Port is left with its only realistic recourse, which is to withdraw its Application and terminate the processing of that Application.


The Port of Edmonds would like to sincerely thank the Planning Department Staff for its significant time and energy expended in focusing on the substantive issues related to the Harbor Square Master Plan Comprehensive Plan Amendment Application. The Port of Edmonds also sincerely appreciates the thoughtful evaluation and deliberation that the Planning Board undertook in reaching its decision on the Port’s Application.


Please confirm that the Port of Edmonds Harbor Square Master Plan Comprehensive Plan Amendment Application and related proceedings pending before the City of Edmonds are terminated as a result of this withdrawal of the Port of Edmonds’ Application.


Again, thank you for your courtesies and cooperation extended through these proceedings.


Very truly yours,

Robert McChesney

Executive Director


Cc: Port Commissioners

Mayor Dave Earling

City Council Members

Planning Board Members


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