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BONNEY LAKE: City supports developers, not residents

Letter by Kirk Tower, Bonney Lake on May 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm with 3 Comments »
May 17, 2011 12:17 pm

Have you seen Bonney Lake’s downtown plan? If not I encourage everyone to go online and view it. What’s not known is the pain residents who border that area ave incurred over the last five years.

One resident was faced with imminent domain and encouraged to sell his home to the city for a new street. The area, north of Main Street Ext. was originally zoned R-1 single family. Now it is R-3 high density and has apartments on it which are not that of the original plan.

Local residents petitioned against rezone, and the hearing examiner recommended against rezone, but the City Council voted for it. Evidently it was a sweetheart deal between the city and developer; you build us a street and we rezone property. What other impacts will the new downtown plan have?

Plans were changed numerous times and residents not informed. Each time residents voice concern, the city finds a way to support the developer, not the residents.

As the City Council continues to move forward with the downtown plan, I fear more residents will be affected. I’m sure those living in Bonney Lake with Lowe’s in their backyard would agree.

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  1. blakeshouse says:

    Residents have no one to blame but themselves, they ELECTED
    the politburo that is doing it to them and they keep reelecting the same idiots!!!!!!!!

  2. Sounds like they are in the same bed as some on the Puyallup council. Term limits will fix that.

    Whoa doggie!

  3. government from the smallest city council up to the Federal level all favor business over it’s citizenry almost every time. So it’s no surprise to me to hear about Bonney Lake. Thanks for you letter Kirk, I wish more cared about qaulity of life over the fast buck.

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