Bellevue needs Responsible Heliport Policy.

Push for helistop regs taking off in Bellevue | City Council to consider moratorium Monday

From Bellevue Reporter, 10-13, by Staff Reporter Joshua Adam Hicks

A movement in Bellevue aimed at putting the stop in “helistop” is starting to take flight.

The citizen group Bellevue Residents for Responsible Heliport Policy has been pressing the city to develop comprehensive guidelines for new helicopter landing stations.

Those efforts appear to be working, as the city council voted 4-3 on Monday to consider a moratorium on helistops. The proposed ordinance would not impact Kemper Development’s efforts to operate a landing pad downtown at the Bank of America building.

The city’s hearing examiner granted a conditional-use permit for the Kemper helistop, but that decision has been appealed to the city council.

A public hearing on the appeal will take place Nov. 2, 8:00PM at Bellevue City Hall (450 110th Avenue Northeast). Only the appellants and parties of record will be allowed to present arguments.

There are currently no regulations on the location or number of helistops in Bellevue.

To read full article:  http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/east_king/bel/news/64183602.html


News article: Bellevue Neighborhood Livability Town Hall Meeting

“…One of the hotter topics discussed at the Bellevue forum was helicopters, and all of the candidates agreed that the city should complete a comprehensive study of the issue before allowing a new helistop to be established.

The Kemper Development company has applied for a conditional-use permit to operate a private helicopter landing pad on the Bank of America building downtown. The Bellevue hearing examiner approved that permit, but an appeal is pending with the City Council.”  Bellevue Reporter, 10.3.09

Click to read the full article http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/east_king/bel/news/election/63537982.html


Private Heliports no longer getting Permits in residential and commercial zones in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and San Diego… Want one in Bellevue?

PRIVATE HELIPORT USE STILL UNDECIDED IN BELLEVUE

  • Do you think that private heliports belong in residential and commercial zones?
  • Bellevue residents are asking Bellevue City Council to consider the long-term implications of approving a private helistop in the heart of downtown Bellevue.
  • Currently there is no limit on the number of helistops that can be built in Bellevue.

Bellevue Residents for Responsible Heliport Policy ask Bellevue City Council to issue an emergency moratorium on helicopter landings and to fully assess and review the potential cumulative land use and environmental issues with consideration to the long term well-being of Bellevue residents and businesses BEFORE making their decision regarding helicopters.

NO LONGER APPROVED IN SEATTLE, PORTLAND, SAN FRANCISCO AND SAN DIEGO In densely populated urban areas across the northwest, there is significant evidence that many cities including San Diego, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle do not grant conditional use permits to private helistops in residential or commercial areas; all new helistops must be located in industrial areas.  Only hospital and police helistops would ever be permitted in residential or commercial zones.  Existing helistops in these cities have been ‘grandfathered’ into their regulations.

LENGTHY CODES EXIST BUT NO COMPREHENSIVE PLAN POLICIES IN BELLEVUE that guide the location of heliports is found in the Land Use Code.  Current codes are concerned mainly with physical dimensions and markings of the helistop itself.  There is nothing in those regulations that limits -in any way- the location or number of heliports, helipads and helistops in Bellevue.

AFFECTS MANY, BENEFITS FEW Heli-STOP residents and business people want to preserve the long-term high quality of life for which the City has devoted substantial resources and efforts.  We urge individuals to communicate their feelings to City Council members and ask that the issues be carefully studied before granting approval for one private helistop in Bellevue that affects many and benefits few.

SOME BACKGROUND In February, 2009, Kemper Development Company applied to the City of Bellevue for a Conditional Use Permit for a private helistop to be located on the roof of the Bank of America building (next to the Hyatt). After meeting with an appointed Hearing Examiner, the Conditional Use Permit was granted pending City Council approval. Two individual appeals have been filed against this decision with the City of Bellevue. Bellevue City Council will hear the appellants and applicant and make a final decision

Once the precedent is set, it will be very difficult to undo! This is our last, best chance to take a stand to keep Bellevue skies clear, clean, safe and quiet.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?  ATTEND THIS CITY COUNCIL MEETING!

Monday, October 19,  8:00PM (subject to change) NOVEMBER 2, 2009, 8:00pm, Bellevue City Hall

Only the appellants and the applicant are permitted to speak during this meeting BUT it is a public meeting.  Show City Council that this issue is important to you!  We will provide you with  free stickers to wear and free signs to hold during the meeting.  Silently, we will show City Council that this issue is important to us!


BELLEVUE NEIGHBORHOOD LIVABILITY TOWN HALL MEETING: PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 7:00PM

Let’s meet new Bellevue City Council candidates to discuss important livability issues such as public safety in our growing city, heliport comprehensive planning and downtown light-rail financing.

Bellevue Neighborhood Livability

Town Hall Meeting

The event is free and will be from 7:00PM – 9:00PM
on Tuesday, September 29th

Convenient and FREE parking

121 106th Avenue NE, Bellevue
(next to Pogacha restaurant–we kindly ask that you do not park directly in front of the restaurant)

Click here for map

Seating is limited; PLEASE RSVP to le.terpstra@comcast.net


The panel will consist of new candidates running for seats on Bellevue City Council.

Confirmed panelists:

Betina Finley

Jennifer Robertson

Vicki Orrico

Michael Marchand

This is a great opportunity to hear their views on:

1. How to maintain safety in our neighborhoods with growing populations?

2. Why the city needs to prepare a comprehensive heliport study before approving private heliports in our neighborhoods.

3. How will the city decide who bears the burden for the cost of light rail tunnel in downtown Bellevue?  Homeowners?  Businesses?

Audience question and answer period following panel discussion.

Snacks and beverages will be available.

Meeting attendees: Enter to win one of 20 signed copies of ‘Neighbor Power’ by Jim Diers, internationally recognized Author & Community Builder.

This forum is sponsored by a group of concerned Bellevue citizens asking for responsible policy on private heliports and other transportation and safety issues in Bellevue.
For more information on the event please contact Lynn Terpstra at le.terpstra@comcast.net


PRIVATE HELIPORT USE STILL UNDECIDED IN BELLEVUE

Care about your land value?   Want to live next to a heliport?    Read on!!

The City of Bellevue is about to establish the dangerous precedent of allowing PRIVATE helicopter landings in the heart of downtown WITHOUT having studied those impacts on livability and WITHOUT considering cumulative impacts of having more of such facilities in Bellevue.

News Release: August 31, 2009  PRIVATE HELIPORT USE STILL UNDECIDED IN BELLEVUE

Heli-STOP! – Bellevue Residents for responsible heliport policy asking Bellevue City Council to issue an emergency moratorium on private helicopter landings, to review current regulations and to write new comprehensive code that considers the long term well-being of Bellevue residents and businesses.

Do private heliports belong in residential and commercial zones?  Bellevue residents are asking City Council to consider the long-term implications of approving a private helistop in the heart of downtown Bellevue.  Currently there is no limit on the number of helistops that can be built in Bellevue.

In February, Kemper Development Company applied to the City of Bellevue for a Conditional Use Permit for a private helistop to be located on the roof of the Bank of America building (next to the Bellevue Hyatt). After a hearing, an appointed Hearing Examiner granted the Conditional Use Permit. Two appeals have been filed.  The Bellevue City Council will hold a meeting in October to make a final decision.  Once the precedent is set, it will be very difficult to undo – this is our last, best chance to take a stand to keep Bellevue skies clear, clean, safe and quiet.

Across the northwest, it appears that many cities, including San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, do not grant conditional use permits to private helistops in residential or commercial areas.   New helistops must be located in industrial areas.   Existing helistops in these cities have been “grandfathered” into their regulations.   These cities only allow hospital and police helistops in residential or commercial zones.

The City of Bellevue has no comprehensive policies that guide the location of heliports.   The only rules are concerned mainly with physical dimensions and markings of the helistop itself.   But there is nothing in those regulations that limits -in any way- the location or number of heliports, helipads and helistops in Bellevue.

The Heli-STOP! residents and business people want to preserve the long-term high quality of life to which the City has devoted substantial resources and efforts.  They urge individuals to communicate their feelings to City Council members and ask that the issues be carefully studied before granting approval for a single private helistop in Bellevue that affects many and benefits few.

While Heli-STOP!  has serious concerns regarding safety and noise issues, the overriding concern  is directed to City Council.  We ask that they fully assess and review the potential cumulative land use, environmental and quality of life impacts prior to making their decision regarding helicopters in Bellevue.

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