Letter: Houses proposed for Oak Harbor hillside will be a ‘blight’

Editor,

Recent letters to the editor have discussed both jet noise and tourist crowds. But the complaints about tourists and the traffic they bring will pale in comparison to the traffic created by the housing developments our city leaders have approved.

There are almost 550 homes in the development stage within the City of Oak Harbor. All approved with no requirements to mitigate the increased traffic load on our streets and highways.

Three of these developments are a short distance from the State Highway 20 and Swantown Road intersection.

If these projects are successful, traffic will be near a complete standstill during the non-tourist months and worse with the summer visitors.

The same is true for the intersections of State Highway 20 and Pioneer Way, Erie and Bayshore, and all the others going north out of town.

Improvements to handle the increased traffic have been ignored by our city leaders. We will need wider roads, special turn lanes and roundabouts just to begin to solve this pending problem.

These improvements must be done before these developments proceed.

The city really needs to give serious thought to the amount of new development being allowed. In most cases these homes will be built on tiny lots with literally wall-to-wall houses.

The homes planned above Walmart and Safeway are absolutely ugly boxes stacked one on top of the other. The developer refers to them as “Northwest Modern.” This visual blight will be in addition to the traffic congestion.

People from Seattle are leaving to escape similar congestion and over-building. No doubt, like Seattle, we’ll soon be encouraged to park our cars and ride bicycles.

Our city leaders and these developers may well regret what they are doing to our island. I ask; Is there really a housing shortage on the island?

There are hundreds of unsold homes listed. When the developers are done, there will no doubt be more.

Loretta Hamburg

Coupeville

More in Letters to the Editor

Letter: Vegas corporation pouring money into council races

Editor, As the election draws near, Oak Harbor is once again inundated… Continue reading

Letter: Music Festival fabulous because of community

Editor, On behalf of the board of directors of the Oak Harbor… Continue reading

Letter: Navy naysayers will have irreversible consequences

Editor, To the misguided citizens trying so very hard to force the… Continue reading

Letter: Doing simple research would have prevented today’s noise complaints

Editor, I have two properties on Whidbey Island, both in the Oak… Continue reading

Letter: Fire district has been and will be served well by Koorn

Editor, I urge all residents of Island County Fire Protection District No.… Continue reading

Letter: Severns is committed to the city, should be re-elected

Editor, This letter is to express my support for the re-election of… Continue reading

Letter: Proposed housing code change is a matter of greed

Editor, I’d like to respond to reporter Laura Guido’s article, “County eyeing… Continue reading

Letter: Failure to do due diligence is a self-inflicted injury

Editor, Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your “Growler flight path”… Continue reading

Letter: Support the candidate who serves as a ‘voice of reason’

Editor, I want to compliment all who run for office as it… Continue reading

Letter: Publisher’s column on the nose about Growler noise

Editor, Dear Publisher Keven Graves, amen to your Sept. 21 column in… Continue reading

Letter: Salute the ‘sound of freedom,’ its impact on community

Editor, This past Fathers Day, me and my dad, former Oak Harbor… Continue reading

Letter: Captain offers up same old tired arguments

Editor, I just had to respond to the “Sound Off” article in… Continue reading