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March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1863-2009

"Can Seattle's oldest newspaper be successfully transformed into a child of the information age? The Northwest is a land of big dreams. With the demise of the Soviet Union, one quipster noted that Puget Sound is now home to three empires still bent on global dominion: Microsoft, and Starbuck's. If the stars align properly and with a quality product, Seattle will show the way to a new model for journalism of the written word."

--Joel Connelly, columnist, in today's final print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Hyde Park planning commission amends commercial road access rules

By Mark Vuong

February 20, 2009 | HYDE PARK -- New rules for road access within commercial zones were approved Wednesday by the city's Planning and Zoning Commission.

The ordinance passed on a 5-0 vote and will now go to the City Council for adoption.

In the new proposal, commercial zones must make their road access no less than 40 feet, and no more than 80 feet, with a minimum of 20 feet on each side of the property line. For example, a commercial zone may decide to have a 20-foot access on one side and a 40-foot on the other for a total of 60 feet.

The current ordinance states the access cannot total more than 40 feet.

Commissioner David James said semi-trucks need at least a 66-foot access to turn, and under the current ordinance they don't have enough room.

"The purpose of it is to give them enough room for them to do what they need to do," said James.

During discussion, the members at first opted to not put a cap on the access and to leave it at no less than 40 feet. Later, James said he was afraid someone would come in and make a large access and wanted to put a cap on it.

In other business, the members also voted 5-0 to pass the General Trail Plan on to the council.


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