The Case for South Mukilteo Annexation


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Located next to Puget Sound in Snohomish County is Mukilteo, a city of more than 20,000. First located at what is now the northern end of the city, it gradually expanded southward, and the last annexation involved the city annexing the Harbour Pointe area in 1991. To the south of the existing city limits are unincorporated areas designated by the city and county to be potential annexation areas.

In 2005, the city began studying annexing these unincorporated areas. On August 6, 2009, Snohomish County Fire District 1 filed a lawsuit against the Boundary Review Board and Mukilteo over concerns about fire service, which effectively postponed the official decision of the BRB. On April 15, 2010, Mukilteo pulled its annexation boundary request from Snohomish County. In November 2010, Mukilteo residents rejected an annexation proposal in an advisory vote.

Over the next 10 years, additional development has occurred in the unincorporated areas of Mukilteo, with much of the development being poorly designed without regard to their surroundings, and located in suboptimal locations. This will continue while these areas remain unincorporated.

Additionally, residents and businesses in unincorporated areas aren’t represented by politicians and government entities as well as those inside cities. They also have to share strained tax revenue and public resources, while not having an adequate amount of public amenities such as parks and playfields.

In June 2015, Snohomish County plans to update the zoning in the unincorporated areas as part of its 2015 Comprehensive Plan update, and several of the zoning changes would lead to more poorly located development which can become a risk to the livability and environment of these areas. Additionally, local infrastructure and transportation has not kept up with the pace of development throughout the unincorporated areas, and additional high-intensity development in suboptimal locations would exacerbate this.

To ensure current and future livability, ensure neighborly and well-placed development, and ensure adequate public services and resources in unincorporated South Mukilteo, it is imperative that these areas are annexed.

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News Roundup: Paine Field

A collection of recent news:

  • Work starts on new Senior apartment complex (MLTnews, February 13, 2015)
  • Progress on Paine Field terminal makes tiny step forward (The Everett Herald, February 14, 2015)
  • Paine Field commercial flights met with opposition at hearing (The Everett Herald, February 18, 2015)
  • Mukilteo affirms opposition to commercial service at Paine Field (Mukilteo Beacon, February 18, 2015)
  • Lynnwood City Council approves mandatory garbage collection (Lynnwood Today, February 24, 2015)
  • Lynnwood Convention Center reports record-setting revenues in 2014 (Lynnwood Today, February 24, 2015)
  • Deal ensures land near Meadowdale Beach Park won’t be developed (The Everett Herald, February 25, 2015)
  • City purchasing Seabrook Property to help preserve and protect open space in Lund’s Gulch (Lynnwood Today, February 25, 2015)
  • Mayor: Mistake to invest in commercial flights (Mukilteo Beacon, February 25, 2015)

This is an open thread.

News Roundup: Garbage

A collection of recent news:

  • It’s official: The new SR 104 crosswalk now open (My Edmonds News, Febraury 4, 2015)
  • City Council to hold Public Hearings on mandatory garbage collection, interim marijuana regulations at Monday’s meeting (Lynnwood Today, February 8, 2015)
  • City invites citizens to petition for traffic calming projects in their neighborhood (My Edmonds News, February 10, 2015)

This is an open thread.

News Roundup: Pedestrian Signal

A collection of recent news:

  • Large Area Of North Everett Proposed For Student/Multi-Family Housing Property Tax Exemption (My Everett News, January 12, 2015)
  • Park-and-ride to get another $2.7 million (Mukilteo Beacon, January 13, 2015)
  • Preferred plan merges waterfront themes (Mukilteo Beacon, Jamuary 13, 2015)
  • Planning Commission recommends City Council approve Atworth Commons Housing Project (MLTNews, January 20, 2015)
  • Waterfront property to transfer this year (Mukilteo Beacon, January 27, 2015)
  • WSDOT explains new Highway 104 crosswalk; activation tentatively set for Feb. 4 (My Edmonds News, January 29, 2015)
  • It’s official: The new SR 104 crosswalk now open (My Edmonds News, Febraury 4, 2015)

This is an open thread.

Mukilteo Development Photos: January 2015

Azi Lee Estates

Azi Lee Estates

The following photos were taken in Mukilteo, Picnic Point CDP, and the Fairmount neighborhood of the former Paine Field-Lake Stickney CDP. The Picnic Point CDP and Fairmount are planned to be annexed by Mukilteo. The projects shown here are:

  • Westbrook Ridge
  • Possession Heights
  • 2300 Block 116th Street SW (Fairmount)
  • Axis Apartments (Fairmount)
  • The Vantage (Fairmount)
  • 13310 Wigen Road (Picnic Point CDP)
  • Azi Lee Estates (Picnic Point CDP)
  • Bryland Ridge (Picnic Point CDP)
  • Public Storage – Mukilteo (Fairmount)

The photo gallery can be found here. The photo gallery will be uploaded soon.

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News Roundup: Everett Growth

A collection of recent news:

  • An opinion favoring Link to Paine Field (The Everett Herald, December 31, 2014)
  • An article on Paine Field’s new director (The Herald Business Journal, January 4, 2015)
  • Edmonds receives $157,000 for daylighting Willow Creek (My Edmonds News, January 5, 2015)
  • Traffic vs. business in Snohomish County (The Herald Business Journal, January 5, 2015)
  • Community Transit receives approval for Swift II planning (Mukilteo Beacon, January 5, 2015)
  • An atricle on the potential for Everett growth (The Urbanist, January 5, 2015)
  • 190-home development at Everett Riverfront is moving forward (The Everett Herald, January 8, 2015)
  • Everett studies options for lack of Downtown parking (The Everett Herald, January 10, 2015)
  • Everett proposes a multifamily tax exemption area near Everett Community College (My Everett News, January 12, 2015)
  • Everett stalls County Courthouse project over lack of parking (The Everett Herald, January 13, 2015)
  • Mukilteo works on Waterfront plan (Mukilteo Beacon, January 13, 2015)
  • Park & ride plan in Mukilteo receives more funding (Mukilteo Beacon, January 13, 2015)

This is an open thread.

Lynnwood to Everett Light Rail News

Recently, Sound Transit updated its Long-Range Plan which is used as a guide for further transit development and routings.

In Snohomish County, the planned Link light rail line from Lynnwood to Everett has three alternatives: Option A has the line serving Paine Field and Evergreen Way, Option B has the line following I-5, and Option C has the line following Evergreen Way.

The Everett Herald reported that Sound Transit added the Paine Field route corridor (Option A) to its light rail plan, but appears to have erroneously suggested that Sound Transit had chosen Option A. Looking at the updated Long-Range map, both the Paine Field and I-5/Evergreen Way corridors representing all three alternatives are shown. That said, many local politicians particularly from Everett are supporting a Paine Field alignment and pushed to add it to the plan, so this event could foreshadow future planning events. Many comments on the Herald article spoke against the Paine Field routing.

At the Seattle Transit Blog, Martin Duke interviewed Sound Transit Boardmember and Everett Councilmember Paul Roberts about his views on Link to Everett. Split into two separate articles, several comments debated on if light rail should even go north past Lynnwood, and several more (including some comments from me) debated on the routing.

It’s clear that not including several local politicans, arelative few are happy with the current developments on Lynnwood-Everett Link, and more consensus and debate needs to occur before a finalized routing is chosen and the related ST3 funding bill goes to voters.

I plan on making a post on this in the near future, which would include an examination of the options, and suggested modifications.

News Roundup: Cleaner Waters

A collection of recent news:

  • Martha Lake Apartments purchased by Waterton Associates (Lynnwood Today, December 19, 2014)
  • Petition to overturn Lynnwood’s fireworks ban fails (Lynnwood Today, December 19, 2014)
  • Building bans extended at Oso landslide site (The Everett Herald, December 19, 2014)
  • Sound Transit adds Paine Field corridor to its long-range plan (The Everett Herald, December 19, 2014)
  • Haggen to acquire 146 stores from Albertsons & Safeway (The Herald Business Journal, December 19, 2014)
  • Commute times increasing between Snohomish County and Seattle (MLTnews, December 19, 2014)
  • Puget Sound Partnership pushes for cleaner waters (The Everett Herald, December 21, 2014)
  • Everett passes temporary measure to block county courthouse construction (The Everett Herald, December 25, 2014)
  • Port of Everett moves forward on Waterfront Place project (My Everett News, December 26, 2014)
  • Controversy over landfill redevelopment near Everett (The Everett Herald, December 26, 2014)
  • Lake Stevens updates sidewalk plans (The Everett Herald, December 30, 2014)
  • Snohomish buys farmland for future parkland (The Everett Herald, December 30, 2014)

This is an open thread.

Seattle Skyscraper Projects Infographic – December 2014


Several large buildings are being proposed, under construction, or recently completed in Seattle, adding homes, offices, stores, parking, and more to meet demand. Featured in this infographic are building projects in Seattle which include skyscrapers at least 200’ tall.

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Lynnwood Development Photos: December 2014

Avalon Alderwood Phase I - Lynnwood, WA

Avalon Alderwood Phase I – Lynnwood, WA

The following photos are of different project sites in the Lynnwood area. All photos were taken on December 15, 2014. The projects shown here are:

  • Lynnwood
    • Lynnwood Crossroads Shopping Center
    • Lynnview Apartments
    • Ryann Building
    • Bartell Drugs – Alderwood
    • Chick-fil-A – Lynnwood
    • Hilton Garden Inn – Lynnwood
    • CityCenter Apartments
    • Kelsey Corner
    • Belterra
    • Lynnwood Place
  • Alderwood Manor Census-Designated Place
    • Motif Apartments
    • Arbor Mist
  • North Lynnwood Census-Designated Place
    • Avalon Alderwood Phase I
    • Tivalli
    • The Cross Roads
    • Dhillon Place Townhomes
    • Alder Meadows
    • 156th Street Townhomes
    • The 34th Place Residences
  • Meadowdale Census-Designated Place
    • Glennwick Grove
    • The Preserve at Meadowdale Beach

The photo gallery can be found here.

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