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East Bellevue Community Municipal Corporation

Proposition No. 1
Continuation of the Community Municipal Corporation

The community council of East Bellevue Community Municipal Corporation adopted Resolution No. 587 concerning this proposition to continue the community municipal corporation. Pursuant to RCW 35.14.060, this proposition would continue the existence  of the community municipal corporation for an additional four years. Should the East Bellevue Community Municipal Corporation continue in existence for an additional four years?

 

For continuation of the community municipal corporation

Against continuation of the community municipal corporation


In 1969 the annexation of East Bellevue into the City of Bellevue was approved by the voters residing within the annexation boundaries. The voters also approved the creation of a community municipal corporation for the annexed area, which has a five-member governing body elected by the voters, called the “community council”. The community council has authority to approve or disapprove ordinances and resolutions of the city council affecting land, buildings and structures within the community council municipal corporation with respect to the following: 1) comprehensive plan; 2) zoning ordinances; 3) conditional use permits; 4) subdivision ordinances; 5) subdivision plats; and, 6) planned unit developments.

 

The community council may also advise, consult and cooperate with the city council on local matters directly or indirectly affecting the service area.

 

Under state law, the community municipal corporation may continue in existence for subsequent four-year periods with the approval of a majority of voters within its jurisdictional boundaries. On February 2, 2021 the East Bellevue Community Council adopted Resolution No. 587 requesting that a proposal for continuation of the East Bellevue Community Municipal Corporation be placed on the ballot.

 

If a majority of votes are cast for continuation of the East Bellevue Community Municipal Corporation, the municipal corporation and East Bellevue Community Council shall continue in existence for a four-year period. If a majority of votes are cast against continuation of the East Bellevue Community Municipal Corporation, the municipal corporation and East Bellevue Community Council shall cease to exist and cannot be reestablished.

Do you value the quality of life in your neighborhood?  Are issues directly

impacting homeowners and their property of concern to you?  What is your

option when land use decisions are made that do not protect your

neighborhood and property?

 

It's the oversight afforded residents by the East Bellevue Community Council

(EBCC), working to effectively address land use and zoning decisions made by

the Bellevue City Council.  This elected 5-member body has the legal authority

to veto land use code amendments and ordinances, ensuring accountability for

such actions impacting residents within the EBCC jurisdiction.

 

This unique form of local government advances continued dialogue between

the neighborhoods and City of Bellevue leadership.  Without a doubt, East

Bellevue residents have a strong voice in decisions made when no other option

is viable.

 

Such citizen engagement enables the EBCC to make informed decisions

involving community improvements, thereby influencing the City's growth and

improving livability.  It's essential the EBCC continues as the critical voice

helping shape the attributes of our neighborhoods and quality of life within our

City. Support your community!  Vote Yes on Proposition No. 1.

Submitted by: Jeanne Elliott, Leonard McGhee, Bal Simon, Djelliottsea@aol.com

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.

Simple majority (RCW 35.14.060) 

For questions about this measure, contact: Karin Roberts, Deputy City Clerk, 425-452-6806, kroberts@bellevuewa.gov

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