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Streateries have violated Edmonds code, zoning laws, all year | Letters to the Editor

 

Last updated 12/28/2021 at 10:29am

I tried to give the City helpful advice about a streatery program weeks before City Council was asked to pass Ordinance 4209 on Dec. 15, 2020. (I sent an email) to Shane Hope dated Nov. 18, 2020.

With a little bit of work and research, it should have been easy to do things right. How hard is it to review our comprehensive plan?

How hard is it to review zoning laws such as ECDC 16.43.040 and ECDC 17.70.040? I brought 17.70.040 to everyone's attention weeks before Dec. 15, 2020.

A simple search of our city code for "17.70.040" would have taken you right to the operating restrictions established under 16.43.040. Those operating restrictions are critical and must be enforced by our mayor.

Such is his duty.

Shouldn't the comprehensive plan and zoning laws be looked at closely at the start of a legislative process like this?

The streateries have violated our code all year. The City played a direct role by issuing permits not consistent with our zoning laws. The City has harmed other businesses and restaurants in Edmonds that complied with our zoning regulations. Different rules for different people is unjust.

Please address the harm caused businesses and restaurants in Edmonds that complied with our zoning regulations during all of 2021.

Ken Reidy
Edmonds

 
 

Reader Comments(2)

Ken Reidy writes:

Thanks for your comment, Letitia. I’ve been prosecuted for a code violation, so I take violations of our City Code very seriously. My email to Shane Hope dated Nov. 18, 2020 included the following: Shane, I support helping our local businesses out. One reason the Mayor should engage with the City Council when doing so is because Council tends to do this type of stuff the right way. Letitia, history shows I was wrong. Even though I pointed out ECDC 17.70.040 weeks before Council adopted Ordinance 4209, Council failed to address the related zoning laws in its Ordinance for Streateries.

Letitia Tappa writes:

Sure they may have violated code, but these are unusual times. Many people don't feel comfortable inside restaurants just yet, and I am really glad that our restaurants have the streateries to help them through the pandemic. Also, I have yet to come shopping downtown and NOT be able to find parking. If street parking is not available, there is plenty of public parking at the police station or the Waterfront center. I'm all for continuing streateries. I really think the $4,000 fee will not be viable for smaller restaurants.

 
 
 

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