This proposal is exactly what I feared: it's modeled more for the kind of community CM Charlie Tygard's Bellevue constituents live in and less for one like the one I live in (keep in mind that as an at-Large CM, Tygard is supposed to be my representative, too). Given this group's leanings toward suburbia, I fear that they won't consider the conditions of urban neighborhoods and will commend this flawed bill to Metro Council accordingly, even though one size does not fit all.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I have consistently argued that the constituency and focus of the Metro Council LED Task Force is overwhelmingly suburban to the detriment of urban neighborhoods. And it looks like a primary component of the new proposal brought before the Task Force last night is strictly suburban. The new legislation would allow LEDs in residential neighborhood as long as they are 150 feet from the closest residential property line. That may work fine in Brentwood, where density is low, setback is toward the rear of lots, and properties have more acreage, but 150 feet in urban neighborhoods might be right on top of a residence. Urban residents live in high density groupings with our dwellings either adjoining the front sidewalks or sitting close to the front of the property. In Salemtown few properties are over 50 feet in width. So, a brightly lit LED sign would negatively affect more neighbors more closely than one in a suburban neighborhood.