The Sammamish city manager cherry-picked three or four slides out of more than 90 to point to errors to discredit the concurrency study by citizen Miki Mullor.
But Lyman Howard didn’t address a key issue Mullor pointed out: that the City is using mostly 2012 traffic data, with a sprinkling of 2014 traffic counts, for its concurrency analysis.
Mullor’s concurrency study claimed the City is manipulating data in order to approve development.
Howard accused Mullor of political motives, though he withdrew his candidacy for City Council before releasing the study.
He said Mullor’s study was based on inaccurate information, using old traffic numbers as the concurrency base—but he ignored the City’s practice of using five year old data for its concurrency testing.
Howard called Mullor’s accusations wrong and “deeply offensive.”
Mullor, who was in the audience during the meeting, did not respond to the criticism.
Howard suggests a deep dive into the issues at the July 10 City Council meeting when the Transportation Master Plan will be presented.
Council Member Tom Hornish said that even after a year-and-a-half, there are elements of the Growth Management Act he doesn’t understand. Hornish noted that the Act is about “management,” not being mandated to take growth.
Member Christie Malchow pointed to the AM/PM measurement period and a decision to use the PM peak period rather than either the AM or PM periods, whichever is worse.
Member Kathy Huckabay said that previous Councils made policy decisions that affect when roads are improved.
Member Tom Odell said he is disturbed about the use of 2012/14 data and the AM/PM peak data issue needs to be revisited.
No discussion of a building moratorium occurred.