Evan Smith: Point Wells bill gets unanimous endorsement from State House committee on local government

Friday, February 18, 2011

Point Wells is in Snohomish County.  The only road to Point Wells is in Shoreline.  This is an old map.  Shoreline is no longer proposing to annex Point Wells..
By Evan Smith
ShorelineAreaNews Politics Writer

The bill that would limit density at Point Wells unless Snohomish County negotiates with nearby cities got unanimous approval from a legislative committee Wednesday.

Rep. Ruth Kagi told me Thursday that the local government committee of the State House of Representatives had amended the bill so that it would require, prior to the issuance of a permit, that Snohomish County and the surrounding cities must enter into an inter-local agreement that stipulates the density of the project, addresses mitigation of the transportation impacts and how urban services will be funded and provided.

Kagi, the bill’s prime sponsor, said that she looks forward to voting on the House floor for the bill to force Snohomish County’s to negotiate with cities over impacts of the development

State Rep. Cindy Ryu is a co-sponsor of the bill. State Sen .Maralyn Chase has introduced an identical companion bills in the Senate. A State Senate committee held a hearing on the bill Tuesday, Feb. 15, and is scheduled to consider the bill in executive session Monday. Feb. 21,

Chase, Kagi and Ryu are Democrats representing Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Woodway and the rest of the 32nd Legislative District.


Anonymous,  February 18, 2011 at 12:06 PM  

The legislators were clearly alarmed about the outrageous scale of this project. The Snohomish Point Wells Urban Center Zone allows 3,500 units (that's half of the 7,000 units now in all of downtown Bellevue!) and the developer's presentation in January showed high rise towers that would be the thirteen tallest buildings between downtown Seattle and downtown Vancouver B.C.!

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