The community group Friends of Discovery Park has challenged the Department of Planning and Development’s (DPD) notices for the development of the Fort Lawton properties.
The historic homes at Fort Lawton are being sold and subdivided by their new owner, who hasn’t yet been revealed. There are DPD notices for all of the properties for subdivisions, Water Availability Certificates and SEPA environmental determination.
The notices were inadequate and not visible in many cases, nor did they inform the park’s visitors or greater public, according to Julia Allen, secretary for Friends of Discovery Park.
DPD director Diane Sugimura said in a public notice that the department re-noticed the area and opened up a new two-week comment period. The old notices were code-compliant, but Allen maintains they weren’t visible and didn’t give notice to residents living directly outside the park.
The new notices were posted at park entrances and mailed to the residents within 300 feet of the park, not just the development site. The sites were re-noticed on April 17, and the new two-week comment period will open for two weeks from that date. Comments will also be accepted during the review process until the planner makes a final decision.
Allen says the new notices have been placed but are still difficult to find. While they likely follow the DPD’s regulations for notices, they don’t actually inform the public, she said in an email.
The new, re-noticed applications can also be found online. The project numbers are 3016939, 3016941 and 3016942.
Any comments submitted for the prior notices will still be considered during the review process. The comment period will go until April 30, but there is a chance to extend it again for another two weeks by written request.
To submit a comment online, visit www.seattle.gov/dpd and search the notice numbers or submit a written comment via email PRC@seattle.gov or via mail to DPD, Attn: PRC, P.O. Box 34014, Seattle, WA 98124-4019.
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