The city of Bellevue will begin taking code enforcement more seriously this winter, following a meeting on Monday night when City Council members discussed ways to clean up the city and clear away vehicles and personal property in the city’s rights of way.
The issue was brought up by Councilman Doug Brown, who said the city needed to take action in enforcing city code to deter residents from continuing to break the law by leaving cars parked in the right of way, and to increase city pride by maintaining clean and eye-pleasing neighborhoods.
“Bellevue is known for lax code enforcement,” Brown said.
City officials ultimately decided to begin a campaign to inform the community that people need to remove cars from the rights of way or expect them to be towed. Beyond being unpleasant to look at, property left in alleys or other city rights of way causes a safety issue for first responders and city employees who need clear access in case of floods or fires. In addition, cars are not to be parked on any city streets overnight through the winter beginning today to allow for snowplowing.
“For our future, we need to take some positive steps forward,” Brown said.
Public Works Director Frank Suwanrit, who was present at the meeting Monday, also suggested adding a section of city code that would allow for the Marshal’s Office to issue citations to repeat offenders of these specific city codes to keep the problem from growing worse.
The council met Nov. 18 to continue to reassess a few tabled standards on applications related to the proposed Strahorn development—the planned-unit development application and the preliminary plat application, both necessary for initial construction of the subdivision to begin.
The applications, filed by developer Jeff Pfaeffle, propose 47 residential lots on 18.5 acres at the mouth of Slaughterhouse Canyon. They cover Phase 1 of a larger development that would consist of 205 lots to be developed in five phases.
Bellevue City Development Director Diane Shay said she is working closely with the developer’s attorney, Jim Laski, to create an agreement that will address timing of when the council wants to see certain aspects of the development occur.
One of those stipulations relates to a park that would be in the subdivision but open to the public. The council voted to move construction of the park up from Phase 3, as it was originally proposed, to when 75 percent of the lots in Phases 1 and 2 have been sold.
Shay said the hearing was continued to Dec. 9, at which time, she hopes, the council will wrap up the tabled portions of the application and begin reviewing the findings of fact.
Area of city impact
The Bellevue Planning & Zoning Commission created a two-tiered ACI map and an ordinance, recommending acceptance of both to the City Council. The map delineates areas between Bellevue and Hailey that the city could potentially annex in the future and areas where if any development is to occur there in the future by the county, the city would be kept abreast of that. The map also covers areas east, west and south of the city’s boundaries.
Shay said Monday that the ACI map and the ordinance will be presented to the City Council sometime after the holiday season.
The ACI map and accompanying ordinance are required by state law.