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Information about current and past land use issues in Brookside Triangle, including action timelines, documents, citizen letters and comments, contact links and archives.
TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT (TOD) 2017

"TOD is a type of community development that includes a mixture of housing, office, retail and/or other amenities integrated into a walkable neighborhood and located within a half-mile of quality public transportation." (Wikipedia)

On October 11th, Brookside Triangle neighbors and friends from Sheridan Beach and surrounding neighborhoods turned out for the Central LFP Subarea planning workshop at City Hall. The “workshop” presentation designed by consultant MAKERS was inadequate and unresponsive to its audience and quickly devolved into stock powerpoint slides, misleading survey questions, and the familiar charrette-sticky-dot summaries we’ve done before. MAKERS and our electeds failed to clarify their intent in the Subarea study and sort through the three main players in the TOD changes coming to LFP:


Sound Transit 3: Park & Ride in LFP for SR522 Bus Rapid Transit

City of LFP: revenue from commercial/mixed-use rezoning

Merlone Geier (LFP Mall): TOD public/private funding partnership


The MAKERS study and LFP City Planners conjoin these three interests based on siting the BRT Park & Ride at or near Town Center. They hope that substantial ST3 funding for a parking garage and TOD development around it will revitalize the mall, increase retail and property tax revenue, and create a downtown district for LFP. But we and many others live within the Town Center Subarea zone. In fact, ST3 designates a parking structure in or near LFP anywhere on the 522 corridor; ST3 has no stake in our Town Center mall; ST3 wants parking that best serves the flow of BRT and its connections.


If this or any TOD study proceeds, its purpose and scope should include the entire 522 BRT corridor and alternative sites for parking proximal to designated stops at 145th and 153rd as well. A commuter population study around those stops would be helpful for the transit picture, along with retail opportunities already planned in the Gateway development process (also MAKERS). We voted for ST3 to build and improve public transit, not the Town Center. That's another worthy project. Consolidated planning for public transportation that includes tax revenue and retail improvement strategies cannot be rushed or over-simplified. It will require cooperation from everyone. We are a very small town and every one of us will be affected.


What you can do:

At our October 22nd meeting with Mayor Johnson and Councilmembers Stanford, Resha, and Riddle, we put forth 5 main recommendations for positive engagement with Brookside Triangle and other affected neighborhoods: BT Recommendations to Council 


1) You can write to Council with your own views or use our points.

2) Attend the Council Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, October 23 to witness CC discussion about our recommendations.

3) Attend the regular Council meeting on Thursday, October 26 to comment on changes you want and witness the promised resolution and vote. (Public comments at 7PM, 3 minute limit)

LFP City Hall CONTACTS:

City of Lake Forest Park website (get City notices & updates)


Email All City Council: citycouncil@ci.lake-forest-park.wa.us

LFP City Council Members:
TOD related LINKS, Contacts, Documents:

Planning Commission Work Plan (see page 6: NEW Town Center District)

LFP Central Subarea Plan Website Project Manager:
D.J. Baxter | djbaxter@cityoflfp.com | 206-838-3700

SOUND TRANSIT Project Director SR522:
Paul Cornish | paul.cornish@soundtransit.org | 206-919-8944

ST3 documents/maps describing 522 corridor projects: 


ARCHIVES:


Park & Ride on 44th (2012)
Proposal for Park & Ride stalls along 2 residential streets in Brookside Triangle and Sheridan Beach neighborhoods (defeated).

Proposal for an overflow bypass to mitigate annual flooding on Lyon Creek (replaced by federal/state/regional/municipal project completed 2016).
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Morgan Kellock,
Oct 17, 2017, 6:11 PM
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Brookside Neighbors,
Sep 28, 2017, 12:43 PM
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Morgan Kellock,
Oct 23, 2017, 1:06 PM
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Morgan Kellock,
Oct 17, 2017, 6:11 PM
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Morgan Kellock,
Jun 14, 2017, 1:59 PM
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Brookside Neighbors,
Sep 28, 2017, 12:42 PM
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Brookside Neighbors,
Sep 28, 2017, 12:43 PM
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