Less woods in “Wood”inville
Isn’t it often the case that the name of a development reflects what it used to be? This may be the case in the newly approved Woodin Creek Village. While the creek will remain, about 80 percent of the trees (the woods) on the property are slated for removal just in Phase I. This development will replace Canterbury Square mobile home park and in 5 phases may bring around 800 new apartments and some retail space to Woodinville.
The density of homes will save forests from urban sprawl. This is a good thing. However, the removal of a majority of existing trees, many of them large and beautiful, could take a number of homes for migrating birds this spring. With any luck, the trees will be removed outside of the nesting season from February through August to avoid destroying nests, eggs and baby birds and to avoid violating a federal law, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, where removal of trees with active birds’ nests is illegal.
Global removal of trees inside of the perimeter of the property is an all-too-common technique that eliminates the current homes and ecosystems of birds and other small animals.
Replanting, while better than not replacing lost trees, can never fully replace the environment in place. The replacement trees will take years to be of a size usable for birds to nest again. To put a human spin on this, imagine having your home taken with your loved ones in it. You’ve lost your loved ones and no viable home will be available to you in the foreseeable future.
In architecture school, my husband and I were taught not to look at trees as something in our way, but as something to appreciate and include in the design. We feel Woodin Creek Village could be better designed to incorporate some of the larger viable trees and clusters of trees, and to save more trees than are currently picked for removal.
Who is Responsible for Street Lights?
At the March 24 Kenmore City Council meeting a few people spoke of street lights in their neighborhoods that were not working. Our community cannot afford to pay a city employee to drive around at night and look for inoperable street lights; the citizens must do their part to report these. Please go to the Puget Sound Energy website, at https://pse.com/accountsandservices/ServiceAlert/Pages/Street-Light-Problem.aspx, to report street light problems.
Every month I go to Costco over the Woodinville-Duvall Road.
There is a stretch of it that does have sidewalks. I have never ever seen anyone walking there, so I don’t feel we need sidewalks all along the Woodinville-Duvall Road.
It would drive some people from their homes as well if that makes it a five-lane road.
Pauline L. Thompson