It is really easy to talk about what is wrong, bemoan unmet needs, complain about conditions. It's much harder and rarer for someone to step up and take action that while it won't resolve everything, will make a difference. That's the situation with the proposed Purple Lane development on Finnegan's Ridge. Charles Thomas' project will provide 26 new homes for an estimated selling price of $250,000 to $270,000.
At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28 in Town Hall on Second Street in Friday Harbor, there will be a public hearing in front of the planning commission. If you'd like to show your support for Purple Lane, that's the time to do so.
The 26 two-story two-bedroom, one and a half bath, 1,100 s ft homes complete with washers and dryers will be constructed on the 2.8 acre property. There will be one common lot. Read more about the project here.
The 34-page staff report, the site plan, the storm water plan and the 17-page State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA) can all be read on the Town's website.
Five minutes before the 4:30 p.m. deadline for written public comments on Friday, March 22, 2019, Rick and Ashley Draftkorn dropped off a letter at the town's planning department. The couple are building a two-unit condo development on one of the lots they own on Finnegan Ridge. They ultimately plan to construct 11 more two-unit condos. They object to the Purple Lane development. They wrote, "This level of density is not congruent with the neighborhood, doesn't seem to be in line with the character of the island and creates an uncomfortable and unattractive development." They believe the value of their neighboring properties will be affected. The entire letter is included in the Town's staff report.
The couple believes that restrictions on a 1999 plat calling for 10-foot side lots is in effect. According to Town Planning Coordinator Mike Bertrand, that document is no longer in effect since the property has been divided and new plats drawn up several times since then. If the restrictions were valid they would have been carried forward onto succeeding documents, he said.
The staff report recommends approval with the following conditions:
RECOMMENDATION OF STAFF:
It is the recommendation of the staff that Purple Lane Planned Residential Development Application No. 5 and SEPA Checklist No. 305 to create 26 residential lots located on tax parcel numbers 351190328, 351190333, 351190334, and 351190335 be approved for preliminary approval with the following conditions:
LAND USE 1.
The preliminary plat is to authorize the creation of 26 residential lots and one common lot.
PUBLIC FACILITES AND SERVICES
2. All construction of utilities and stored fire protection shall conform to the Town of Friday Harbor standards.
3. All utilities shall be placed underground.
4. All utilities are to conform to the utility plans submitted with this application.
5. Water and sewer right-to-connect fees shall be paid prior to the connection of any lot to the Town’s water and sewer systems and according to the fee schedule in effect at the time of connection.
6. The applicants shall be responsible for all costs and fees, and obtain all required permits associated with connecting municipal services to the plat.
STORM WATER MANAGEMENT
7. The applicants shall construct on-site storm water detention facilities as specified in the Stormwater Site Plan Report on file with the Town (SWP#67).
8. An incorporated Homeowners’ Association shall be established in order to manage utility payments, maintain roads, provide parking easements, maintain drainage detention facilities and open space within the subdivision. In the event that the storm water detention system is improperly maintained, the Town reserves the right to provide proper maintenance, and assess the cost of maintenance to the Homeowners’ Association. These covenants shall be provided to the Town for review and approval prior to Final Platting.
9. All conditions of approval shall run with the land.