Thursday, April 7, 2016
By Evan Smith
The Town of Woodway is seeking to annex the Upper Bluff east of Point Wells, the industrial site where a developer proposes to build a 3,081-unit condominium project.
The owner of the bluff is not related to the developer of the Point Wells condominium project, BSRE.
Woodway has sent the request for annexation to the Snohomish County Boundary Review Board.
The Boundary Review Board clerk said Monday that the request isn’t official until it has a finding of legal sufficiency. Only then does a 45-day comment period start.
After the comment period, a decision comes from the boundary board. The five-member County Boundary Review Board consists of two members appointed by the governor, one appointed by the Snohomish County Council, one appointed by the Snohomish County Cities Association and one appointed by representatives of special-purpose districts around the county. A board decision can be appealed to the Snohomish County Superior Court.
The annexation is made up of a 40-acre unincorporated area of southwest Snohomish County adjacent to Woodway.
Woodway Town Administrator Eric Faison said Monday that only about nine acres in the area are developable, with the land including some environmentally protected areas and some terrain unfit for building.
Faison said he expects the developer to build about 36 single-family houses on the bluff.
Both Faison and County Planner Ryan Countryman said Monday that the Bluff annexation wouldn’t affect the Point Wells condominium development.
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