Pt. Wells a high-risk liquefaction area

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

By Caycee Holt

Futurewise, Pilchuk Audubon and Save Richmond Beach sent comment letters this month to the Snohomish County Council reminding them that Point Wells is at risk for catastrophic loss of life and property in the event of an earthquake. As indicated in the Washington State Department of Natural Resources hazard map Point Wells is rated at the highest liquefaction risk rating.

In addition, released the latest schedule of critical events related to the urban center land-use designation and zoning regulations involving Point Wells. They continue to encourage residents of Shoreline to get involved since the impacts of this Snohomish County urban center will be felt primarily in Shoreline.

Futurewise and Pilchuk Audubon comment letter comment letter (14MB - includes enormous hazard map from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources)

What's happening in Snohomish County

Urban Center Zoning Regulations Hearing: The latest hearing on urban center zoning regulations was continued. That continued hearing is on February 3 at 10:30 AM. More info...

Point Wells Land-Use Designation: The urban center land-use designation for Point Wells goes into effect on Feb 8 barring some major change of heart by the council. If you remember, they changed the land-use designation for Point Wells but postponed it from going into effect for 180 days to work out some of the kinks.

Growth Management Hearings Board: The pre-hearing conference is on March 18. The actual hearing on the merits won't be until June, with a decision due by August. If the council decides that they erred when they designated that site an urban center we would dismiss the petition.

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For more information, contact Caycee Holt at 206-356-5356, email or website

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