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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Council Roundup: Council rejects helipad moratorium

Kemper Development has obtained a permit for a helipad atop the Bank of America building (the beige high-rise). Photo by David Johanson Vasquez/Big PictureThe Bellevue City Council Monday voted unanimously to consider changes to the city's helicopter landing regulations.

The council rejected proposals for an immediate moratorium on helistops and helipads or a code amendment prohibiting all but emergency helicopter landing facilities citywide. Deputy Mayor Claudia Balducci supported these proposals, saying that each would offer a "time-out" before any new helicopter landing permit applications are made.

Neither proposed action would have applied to a helistop permit now before city officials. Kemper Development has obtained a conditional use permit to locate a helistop atop the Bank of America building downtown. An opposition group, citing concerns about noise and safety, has appealed the permit, and the council must make a ruling in November.

Mayor Grant Degginger argued against a prohibition or moratorium on helicopter landing facilities, asserting that it would be difficult for residents to separate the council's action on that from the ruling the council must make in November on Kemper Development's permit application.

Council members asked that changes to helicopter landing regulations be revisited soon after the ruling on the pending permit has been made.

Council agenda memo regarding moratorium 

Video of the council's regular session

Feedback: Carol Helland, Land Use Director, 425-452-2724 or chelland@bellevuewa.gov

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