News Roundup: Apartments

A collection of recent news:

  • Parents raise health concerns about turf fields planned for Woodway campus (March 13, 2015, My Edmonds News)
  • Work continuing on new SHAG senior living complex (March 14, 2015, MLTnews)
  • City Council passes emergency ordinance regarding filing of dueling land-use applications (March 18, 2015, My Edmonds News)
  • In comments to state, Port of Edmonds takes stand against increasing Harbor Square buffers (March 20, 2015, My Edmonds News)
  • Details on Aero Apartments at Hewitt and Rucker in Downtown Everett (March 20, 2015, My Everett News)
  • 102 new apartments opening in downtown Everett this summer (March 23, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • City Council schedules Public Hearing on City Center Apartment project for April 13 (March 24, 2015, Lynnwood Today)
  • Setbacks, form-based code questioned as council once again takes up Westgate (March 25, 2015, My Edmonds News)
  • Why home builders flock to one Puget Sound-area hot spot (March 25, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • Mukilteo gets $1 million in mitigation fees (March 25, 2015, Mukilteo Beacon)
  • Edmonds School District Board hears from opponents of ‘recycled tire’ turf fields (March 26, 2015, My Edmonds News)

This is an open thread.

News Roundup: Commercial Flights

A collection of recent news:

  • Scene in Edmonds: Latest fine-tuning to Sunset Avenue parking [and 68 comments] (My Edmonds News, March 2, 2015)
  • Snohomish County Council approves passenger terminal at Paine Field (My Edmonds News, March 2, 2015)
  • County Council takes key step toward commercial flights at Paine Field (The Everett Herald, March 2, 2015)
  • Passenger Service At Everett’s Paine Field One Step Closer (My Everett News, March 2, 2015)
  • Scriber Creek Apartments among three projects approved for state financing (Lynnwood Today, March 2, 2015)
  • Lovick: Build new courthouse in downtown Everett (The Everett Herald, March 4, 2015)
  • Lynnwood plans to widen busy 196th Street (The Everett Herald, March 4, 2015)
  • Everett homeless encampment cleared out (The Everett Herald, March 9, 2015)
  • Developers announce plans for housing, retail/commercial space in Mountlake Terrace Freeway Tourist District (MLTnews, March 9, 2015)
  • Lynnwood City Council approves Seabrook Heights property purchase (Lynnwood Today, March 12, 2015)

This is an open thread.

Website News and Annexation Updates

PugetSoundScape will be undergoing a redesign over the next few weeks, and some features, articles, and pages may not be available for periods of time. Advertising space would be provided on the sidebar and possibly at other locations as well. Also in the works is setting up an online store for purchasing selected photos.

Also, follow up on annexation updates on AnnexSouthMukilteo.com, which is where relevant news and updates will be posted. PugetSoundScape will have some summarized or major updates posted periodically when necessary.

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.

The Case for South Mukilteo Annexation

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(For more information, please visit AnnexSouthMukilteo.com.)

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.

Continue reading The Case for South Mukilteo Annexation

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

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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.

Continue reading Mukilteo Development Photos: January 2015

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.