The City of Bellevue Council approved its Draft Interest Statement (DIS) for High Capacity Transit (HCT) on June 20, 2005.
The DIS basically instructed Sound Transit as to what Bellevue's priorities were with regard to HCT in Bellevue.
The City of Bellevue has known for nearly a year that it would need to notify property owners along the proposed corridor about the massive impacts to their enjoyment of their properties, but has not yet sent written notification to inform or educate its citizens about the ramifications if this corridor becomes the preferred corridor.
Today is June 19th, 2006.
In less than one week, Bellevue citizens are expected to find out about and understand information-intensive planning language that would confuse lawyers, the ramifications of what that means to them, and be available to speak at a public hearing that has not yet advertised the time of day when public comment will happen (sometime after 6PM).
This is at a time of year when people customarily take vacations because their kids are out of school, and are not expecting a crucial event to happen without their knowledge.
Additionally, the affected neighborhoods (Enatai, Newport Shores, Bellecrest and Surrey Downs) still have a large percentage of original owners residing in them. These are people who have lived, worked, raised children, paid taxes, coached childrens' sports, volunteered, contributed to Eastside charities, and made Bellevue what it is for 30 or 40 years, and some since the founding of the City of Bellevue.
We think they deserve written notification.