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Calling all islanders! Please tell us what you think about the Vashon Town land use and affordable housing recommendations for the 20-year community plan.

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Do you have any comments about Community Business (CB) Zone Land Use Amendments?

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Do you have any comments about Town Core Design Amendments (P-suffix VS-P28)?

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Do you have any comments about Accessory Dwelling Units?

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Do you have any comments about Vashon Rural Town Affordable Housing Special District Overlay?

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Do you have any comments about Zoning of Land Located Along Vashon Highway SW between Vashon and Center?

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March 29, 2017, 7:50 PM
  • Do you have any comments about Community Business (CB) Zone Land Use Amendments?

    First, let me state for the record that I am a resident of Skyway, a nearby unincorporated community of King County. The King County Sheriff patrol area that includes Vashon Island also includes Skyway.

    I write in opposition to any notion that it would be acceptable, fair or equitable to prohibit retail marijuana stores from Community Business zones in the Vashon area. I speak with some knowledge of the impacts of current county policy which limits retail marijuana uses only to Community Business and Regional Business zones in the unincorporated area. Bottom line, those policies have already led to these stores being over-concentrated in two unincorporated communities, namely Skyway and White Center. Five marijuana licensees, all now open, are now located in Skyway as of March 2017. Eight licensees, five now open with a sixth awaiting assumption prior to opening, are now located in White Center. Vashon's one licensee at this time has not opened for business to my knowledge. In addition to the 14 licensees listed prior, there are only two more licensees located in the King County unincorporated area. In addition to the licenses issued to date, the state continues to hold at least 30 pending applications for marijuana stores in the unincorporated area, should additional licenses be allocated there by the state in the future. Fully 25 of these 30 applicants have an address in Skyway or White Center right now.

    The number of retail licenses issued in unincorporated King County (16 as of this writing) is governed by state policy, set by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. The number of licenses are allocated by that board statewide by population in order to spread them relatively evenly among all jurisdictions; it is up to each jurisdiction to set policies to meet the needs of its citizens. King County's unincorporated population stands at approximately 252,000 according to the King County Comprehensive Plan (2016 update). Combined population between Skyway and White Center accounts for less than 35,000, or only 14% of the overall unincorporated total.

    It is not prudent nor even fair to concentrate all the stores of this newly legal industry among only 14% of its residents, or more than seven times the expected concentration. The fact is, there need to be more, not fewer, business areas where marijuana stores are permitted in the unincorporated area in order for there to be an opportunity for the stores to spread out in a healthy way and to avoid exacerbating the existing unhealthy concentration of these stores.

    In short, so long as marijuana stores are to be allowed by King County, there need to be ample places for them to locate in unincorporated areas county wide. I urge King County to create consistent policies across its unincorporated area, not a patchwork of policies at odds with each other.

    For these reasons, retail marijuana uses must continue to be governed by fair countywide policy, not excluded by local subarea plan.

  • Do you have any comments about Town Core Design Amendments (P-suffix VS-P28)?
    No response.
  • Do you have any comments about Accessory Dwelling Units?
    No response.
  • Do you have any comments about Vashon Rural Town Affordable Housing Special District Overlay?
    No response.
  • Do you have any comments about Zoning of Land Located Along Vashon Highway SW between Vashon and Center?
    No response.
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Please review the linked documents here and provide your general comments for each one.


Document A: Community Business (CB) Zone Land Use Amendments

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Document B: Town Core Design Amendments (P-suffix VS-P28)

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Document C: Accessory Dwelling Units

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Document D: Vashon Rural Town Affordable Housing Special District Overlay

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Document E: Zoning of Land Located Along Vashon Highway SW between Vashon and Center

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