Trilliumto propose changes to Seagrass condos

Published on Thu, Sep 8, 2005 by ack Kintner

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Trillium to propose changes to Seagrass condos

By Jack Kintner

Blaine city attorney Jon Sitkin has provided guidelines for the Trillium Corporation to proceed in response to their request at an August 22 Blaine City Council meeting to make some major changes to their plat proposal for the Seagrass Condominium project.

Basically, the council will first decide whether or not to hear Trillium’s proposal, and if they decide to hear it then the proposal itself would be considered a week later.

In a letter to Trillium attorney Jack Grant dated August 29, 2005, Sitkin wrote that the city council will meet at a work session on Monday, September 12, at 5:45 p.m. and decide whether or not it will consider Trillium’s request to modify its proposal after the close of the public hearings on the project. If it decides not to consider the request, the matter stops there and the council will meet again on the following Monday, September 19, at 5:45 p.m. to consider the present project proposal and appeals as submitted and reviewed by the planning committee.

If, on the other hand, the council decides to consider Trillium’s request to make changes to the proposal, then it will do that at its September 19 meeting. If at that meeting the council decides not to allow the changes, the matter is closed and the council will proceed to consider the application and appeals as originally presented. If it decides to accept them, then the whole proposal will be put on hold so Trillium can re-submit the proposal for review by city staff.

The changes Trillium is seeking combine several of the planned duplex units into four-plexes, according to one version of the modifications Wayne Schwandt of Trillium brought to a city council work session last August 22.

In Schwandt’s conceptual view, three lots were cut from the east end of the development on the Drayton Harbor shoreline on the south side of the spit, the duplex units to be built in the middle of the peninsula were combined into seven four-plexes, one six-plex was added and a planned relocation of Semiahmoo Parkway was eliminated.

The well-known eagle snag would be left in its present location and a two-story parking garage would remain near the east end of the 22-acre parcel. The number of living units would be reduced by eight, from 72 to 64.

After the meeting on August 22 Schwandt said “Those are just possible examples of changes we could introduce. Whatever they would be, there are a number of reasons we want to make some changes to this proposal. They come out of discussions with the planning commission and with members of the community who have strong feelings over the issue of clustering. We want a project that meets the needs of as many of the stakeholders as possible.”