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PUYALLUP: Rely on facts, not emotion

Letter by Charles A. Emlet, Puyallup on Oct. 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm with 6 Comments »
October 11, 2011 1:51 pm

The writer of “Martineau’s vision for city flawed” (letter, 10-4) condemned city councilwoman Nicole Martineau for her position on a cottage housing ordinance that would allow for a demonstration cottage housing project in Puyallup.

In my experience over the past year, the opponents of cottage housing, more often than not, cite unsubstantiated information on such projects appealing to emotion rather than fact. My suggestion is to go to some reliable sources of information, such as the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington, that have sound, validated information on cottage housing.

You can also find a well written white paper on cottage housing on Bainbridge Island and examples of relevant city ordinances throughout western Washington. My suggestion is to start with information that can be found at: http://bit.ly/mT1WfN.

Before taking a political position on an individual or a city ordinance, it is a good idea to work from data and facts, not conjecture and emotion.

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  1. In the process of bringing cottage housing to you should note that in Katy Baker’s presentation to the council, she stated that interest cottage housing additions has come from the developers. There are one or two citizens, beside the council members who side with the Mayor’s vision, that have spoken for this type of housing. The majority however, seem to not want the added congestion of more people living next to them, the additional traffic and designs that may not be compatible to the rest of the housing area. Since you feel inclined to change the face of this city with the addition of more cottage housing, I vote for your neighbor hood to become the test location for this new development. After a year or two, please report back to the readers on your experiment living with high density housing and increased automobile traffic.

  2. puyallupmutt says:

    The quality of living in Puyallup has diminished over the past two or three decades. Much of this can be laid at the feet of a small number of developers. Two of these individuals are tied at the hip to both Mayor Turner and now her protoge Ms Martineau.

    One is another of the freeloading property tax abaters who lives in her condo and is perenially hired by the city or other perverse special interests. I am referring to Gil Hulsmann.

    The other is the local developer who just happens to own the land where all these new cottage houses are planned. This developer is constantly receiving special favors from city hall staff where he does have to comply with normal rules and regulations. Highly irregular. His name is Mike Cina.

    Both Cina and Hulsmann are campaign contributors to candidates who very much represent their own financial interests which is diametrically opposite to those who value quality of life in Puyallup.

    These individuals are supporting cottage housing not for the public good, but to line their own pockets.

    All these are facts that can be verified by looking at the State PDC database as well as the County Assessors database both of which are on line.

  3. everyone says:

    Information and white papers on cottage housing don’t make them a sound option. An assessment of their impact on the neighborhoods 5 and 10 years later does. Nor does the presentation by the planning department of only successful cottage homes while leaving out the unsuccessful examples or the examples where cities removed such codes from their books. Time will tell.

  4. puyallupgirl77 says:

    Don’t rely on emotion? Do you mean the way Nicole did when she applied for the position last year?
    Here’s the proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRD07TPVQrA

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