Planninig Commision welcomes input
October 3, 2008 · Updated 1:35 AM
The North Bend Planning Commission (NBPC) would like to
thank all the citizens who attended and/or gave comments at the joint North
Bend City Council (NBCC) and NBPC public hearing on the proposed
Design Standards/Guidelines. We look forward to receiving additional
written comments by the April 27 SEPA deadline.
However, in light of some of the comments made at the public
hearing, the commissioners would like to help foster communication and
understanding with the business and property owners with the following
response. Collectively, the NBPC brings extensive backgrounds in the areas of
architectural engineering, mechanical engineering, local business
ownership, longtime Valley residencies, new Valley residencies and good
old-fashioned common sense, all of which bring a broad spectrum of
experience and representation to the commission.
We were also concerned with the number of comments made that
North Bend city officials/staff have not involved the business and property
owners in development of the Design Standards/Guidelines. To our
knowledge, all citizens have been invited and encouraged to participate in this
process since it began. Additionally, there have been one to two vacancies on
the NBPC for the past one-and-1/2 years, as well as one vacancy at present.
The NBPC is an excellent opportunity for individuals expressing
such concerns to get involved and make an impact. Yet it has been difficult to
fill these vacant positions, despite Mayor Simpson's desire and efforts to
appoint additional commission members who have backgrounds in the local
Local business owners also stated a desire to see council and
commission members make personal visits to the businesses. While this is an
excellent idea, it is difficult for most of us as planning commissioners to
achieve because we work full time and have families. Having all NBPC
meetings open to the public is one way for us to meet citizens and solicit input.
Holding public hearings and workshops is another.
On the flip side, occasional evening meetings of the Chamber
of Commerce or the newly formed North Bend Merchants Association would
be helpful as an additional opportunity for the NBPC to have more
contact with business owners.
We are involved as planning commissioners because of our
commitment to and concern for the community in which we live. We (the
NBPC) are carefully weighing all of your comments in conjunction with making
sure that the Design Standards/Guidelines are consistent with the North
Bend Comprehensive Plan, North Bend Vision Plan and Resolution No. 639
before making our final recommendation to the city council.
Michelle Gustafson, Ken Hearing, George H.
Brown Jr., George Cook, Mark Morgan and Roger L. Cox III,
North Bend Planning Commission