Remind them of their promise
If successful candidates for the Edmonds City Council stand by their promises, the Harbor Square Plan for 55' buildings will be defeated.
However, there may be Council members who won based on their promise to uphold the existing height limit, but now struggle to justify a changed vote.
They search for a virtuous reason to renege.
Marsh setbacks may fill the bill. Setback requirements remove a lot of land from development; that reduces profits.
To make up for that lost land and profit, the Port will plead that it must be allowed taller buildings.
Wavering Council members will then have an environmental excuse to vote for greater height; they're Saving the Marsh. Yes, it is simplistic, not to mention devious.
Current Council votes appear to line-up as follows: Strom Peterson and Frank Yamamoto will vote for a height increase; Joan Bloom, Diane Buckshnis,, and Lora Petso (who all ran in the last election) all said they support the existing height limit as did Adrienne Fraley-Monillas when she ran three year ago; Kristiana Johnson was recently appointed to office and her position on heights is undeclared.
Those Council members who will be up for election next November 2013 are: Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, Kristiana Johnson and Strom Peterson.
Supporters of increased height limits are now conducting a procedural maneuver to wear down opponents.
Originally. the Port was told that a Comprehensive Plan amendment, as the Harbor Square plan is defined, had to be acted upon this year (2012).
Now, the Mayor's administration has advised the Council that it "can treat it as a 'sub-area plan' and adopt it on whatever schedule works for the Council."
That delaying action will prolong discussion until (at least) a third public hearing on January 29, 2013 and probably much longer if no one protests.
All the above mentioned Council members can be e-mailed at: Counciladmin@ci.edmonds.wa.us.
Tell them you want prompt action to defeat the Harbor Square Plan. Ask for a fixed date. Also remind them of their election promise.