Bellevue needs Responsible Heliport Policy.

UPDATE: Kemper Private Heliport remanded back to Hearing Examiner

January 7, 2010

Hello & Happy New Year,

At the November 16th Bellevue City Council meeting, a decision was made that the Kemper Helistop Conditional Use Permit issue be remanded back to the Hearing Examiner for the purpose of determining if the applicant had received a response from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)  to FAA Form 7480-1, confirming that the FAA has no objection to the use of the airspace of the proposed helistop.

The following is the notice taken from January 7, 2010 The Weekly Permit Bulletin
issued by The City of Bellevue:


Location: 800 Bellevue Way NE
Neighborhood: Northwest Bellevue
File Number: 08-135262-LB

Summary Project Description:

Kemper Development Company applied for conditional use permit approval to install and operate a private-use helistop (47′ x 53′) on the roof of the existing Bellevue Place Bank of America building. The City of Bellevue Hearing Examiner issued his decision with conditions approving the conditional use permit on July 20, 2009.

Appellants Ina Tateuchi, et. al. and Su Development timely appealed the Hearing Examiner’s Decision to the Bellevue City Council. A closed-record hearing was held before the City Council on November 2, 2009. Council continued its deliberations to November 16, 2009.


During Council’s deliberations on November 16, 2009, Council remanded to the Hearing Examiner the limited issue of whether the applicant had received from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), its response to FAA Form 7480-1, confirming that the FAA has no objection to the use of airspace of the helistop (Condition X.A.5).

Council limited the scope of the remand hearing to reopen the record for the narrow purpose to hear testimony from the appellants, applicant, and city and their witnesses regarding the FAA response to the applicant’s application for FAA review of the proposal and the consequences from the FAA letter.

Remand Hearing Date: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 7 p.m.
Remand Hearing Location: City Hall, Council Chamber; 1E-126, 450 110th Ave. NE

Date of Application: November 12, 2008
Completeness Date: December 11, 2008
Notice of Application Date: January 29, 2009
Applicant Name: Kemper Development Company
Applicant Contact: Daniel Meyers, 425-646-3660
Planner: Carol Saari, 425-452-2731
Planner Email:

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