After the Public Hearing was closed, Mark Bond spoke first, expressing appreciation to speakers. He pointed out that the project is in keeping with the intentions of EGUV, and that Council is obligated to follow through on those intentions. He was of mixed feelings about concerns that the affordability of the apartments would create problems, acknowledging that there have been problems with Heatherwood. However, he also spoke about how good people sometimes fail to thrive, and deserve housing. In conclusion, he said “I think we can handle this, and I think we will find more good than bad.” To me, his final opinion, as a law enforcement officer, is very persuasive.
John Steckler had questions about easements to build Spine Road, and was told that the developers are happy to participate in acquiring those. He wanted to clarify the difference between Section 8, a government program, and workforce housing, designated by developers for people of modest, but not low, income, up to $62k for a small family. After asking for a comparison to Heatherwood, the developer reported that property has apartments designated for people at 30 and 50 percent of median income. Another distinction made is that, crime rates are reduced by the mixed use property, because of the constant activity.
Newest Councilmember Stephanie Viogal spoke about the concern for already overcrowded schools, as well as the variance that proposes build with such a small wetlands buffer. She also expressed preference for an agreement of 80% native cover in the mitigation site, which matched the developer’s intention, and can be writing into the binding site plan.… Read More “Mill Creek City Council Meeting, 3/26/19, Part 2”