Bellevue needs Responsible Heliport Policy.

UPDATE! Helistop Issue Back! Public Meeting Thurs., Aug 1, 2013

UPDATE! Kemper Helistop issue is back!
Public meeting this Thursday, August 1, 2013, 6:00PM!

More than two years after the Bellevue City Council approved the Bellevue Place helistop, Kemper Development is now requesting to eliminate a critical safety condition of that permit: the restriction of the helistop to twin-engine helicopters only.
Despite the big change being proposed, City staff is classifying this as a minor “administrative amendment” which requires only staff approval. That means NO consideration before the City Council and NO public hearing for concerned citizens to comment.
On top of the safety concerns and limited public comment opportunities, the legality of the Bellevue Place helistop is now in question. Just months after Kemper Development was awarded its Conditional Use Permit in 2011, all future non-emergency helistop facilities in the City of Bellevue were banned. If the permit is brought up to code, then the helistop would now be illegal.
Make your concerns known by emailing City planner Carol Hamlin (chamlin@bellevuewa.gov) with your comments by this Thursday, August 1. The City will also hold a public meeting that evening at 6PM inside City Hall Council Chambers (Room 1E-126).
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