I finally received in writing from the City admission the North Shore Sub Area Plan is for show. In sum, the North Shore owners can develop their own land use map and have the rights within zoning to do so. The City cannot say no. Having put this in writing, and accepted the owner's map of land uses for appraisal purposes of the Rose parcel (which explains the high valuation), this means there’s no need for a sub area plan. It shows the “visioning” process was never transparent as the only vision that matters is that of the owners. Their map must be made public.
The North Shore should be handled by Design Review after the owners make their map public. Public discussion on the intensity of those uses can follow through an approval process.
Instead of using staff resources on an already determined future for the North Shore, those resources should be used to immediately start a Downtown sub area plan. More than ever, as Downtown businesses suffer from the Covid-19 realities, Downtown needs more housing and more intensity for its long-term survival.
I submitted the attached letter the Mayor and Council. One thing I'm curious about reaction to is suggesting since the City paid many millions of dollars for commercial development rights in part of the Rose property removed from the immediate lakefront, why not get some return for measured complimentary use instead of that land just becoming de facto mitigation for the urban conversion of the rest of the ownership? That future revenue stream can fund our open space, trails, facilities to make sure they remain available to us in an appropriate manner.
Moreover, and not in this letter, why are we taxpayers paying for this North Shore process that really just benefits a few major landowners who already have these rights? Let them submit their applications and pay to have the review one by the City and public like any other landowner in Camas.
Enough pretending we have "visioning" rights and a seat at this table. Let's use our energy where it is needed: Downtown.