By Miki Mullor
In a blunder by Sammamish City Staff, the City Council was mistakenly led to adopt a loophole in the building moratorium that was enacted last week.
The loophole, a result of compounding errors made over 15 years, would have allowed developers to acquire rights to develop while skirting the new concurrency rules.
And with Town Center developer STCA working to get more permits approved, the mistake could have been disastrous had STCA been able to take advantage of the loophole.
The Sammamish Comment was able to independently confirm staff’s mistake was unintentional.
Another mistake, this time procedural, renders ineffective the action taken by the Council last week adopting the loophole.
A special City Council meeting is now scheduled for Monday to close the loophole while maintaining the intent of the moratorium.
At the same meeting, and unrelated to this blunder, City Council conditionally backed Council Member Ken Gambln’s call to initiate a formal investigation of the circumstances that led to the issuance of concurrency certificates to STCA Phase I in August 2019.
Gamblin’s call followed a cameo by former Council Member Tom Hornish who also called for an investigation during public comment.Continue reading