Johann Fernando, Woodinville and Jarred Flowers, Carnation, were among the Eastside Catholic seventh-grade playwrights honored at the Young Playwrights Program (YPP) Celebration at ACT Theater in Seattle on December 10. For YPP, ACT Theater selects eight outstanding plays by young playwrights each year and showcases them in staged readings at ACT in the Young Playwrights Festival, which takes place in early March 2013.
Fernando received honorable mention for his “Red Riding Hood and the Wolf”; Flowers also won honorable mention for his “A Superhuman Buttery Mix-up.”
Snohomish Conservation District announces that orders for the 2013 Conservation Plant Sale are now being accepted.
The annual plant sale helps property owners acquire inexpensive native trees, shrubs, groundcover and erosion control plants.
Flowering perennials and plants for hummingbird gardens, rain gardens and backyard habitat are sold both during the on-line pre-sale and at the general sale in March.
The sale is open to the public and orders will be taken on-line through February 18, 2013, at http://scdplantsale.gostorego.com/.
New this year, besides online ordering, are the newly designed color brochure and payment via paypal, visa and debit cards.
Also new this year, gift certificates perfect for holiday giving are available to purchase.
To see a copy of the brochure, go to http://snohomishcd.org/plant-sale/2013PlantSaleBrochure.pdf.
Customers may also purchase plants by coming to the general sale, held at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, on Saturday, March 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
By a 5-2 vote, the Woodinville City Council passed first reading of Ordinance No. 539 Tuesday, amending the 2012 Comprehensive Plan to change eight properties currently zoned Office to Central Business District (CBD).
Passage of the ordinance at second reading could possibly lead to the construction of a much talked about affordable hotel — though that is not guaranteed.
The properties, to be redeveloped by a Kirkland firm, total 4.63 acres and are on the east and west sides of 140th Ave. NE near NE 171st Street.
According to Senior Planner Erin Martindale, CBD zoning allows for buildings of up to 57 feet.
Councilmember Susan Boundy-Sanders, who along with Mayor Bernie Talmas voted no, was adamantly opposed to the idea.
“This is a step in the direction of stringing our downtown out along a substandard road and saying that will make our downtown more compact. I’m just not into deceiving our citizens like that,” she said.
She commented that there were over 125 redevelopable acres already in the existing CBD, and there was no demonstrated need for the rezone.
Talmas said his big concern was there had been no traffic study in an area already fraught with high traffic and poor visibility. “Secondly it’s next to agricultural and rural land, and they could build five stories which would change the entire character of the area … We don’t know what we’ll get there, other than a large building. We can’t control what the use would be.”
Deputy Mayor Liz Aspen asked Public Works Director Tom Hansen if an unusual number of car accidents occur at the location and was told they did not.
Councilmember Les Rubstello reminded his colleagues they were not changing the zoning from rural or R-1 to CBD; it was already zoned office.“It’s barely an upzone at all,” he said. “The parcels already can get office buildings built on them today … about the only real difference is the two and a half parcels on the west can go a little bit higher.”
Councilmember Paulette Bauman reminded her colleagues the Planning Commission had already passed the rezone recommendation 5-1.
Boundy-Sanders said a recent market demand study indicated a need for hotel space, but added the study was “seriously, seriously flawed,” citing its claim that Totem Lake and downtown Bothell were both within the city’s retail market.
“I think we all know intuitively it would be nice to have another hotel,” she said. “But there’s no guarantee a hotel will be built. And even if it is, is that where a hotel should go when we have 147 rebuildable acres in our commercial zone already?”
She then reminded her colleagues that creating more commercial land is not equivalent to economic development.
“People come to Woodinville because it’s different, because it’s ag land a half-hour from downtown Seattle. If you pave over that ag land a parcel at a time you’re cooking your golden goose, you’re killing the charm of Woodinville when you already have rebuildable zones inside the CBD. This is so irresponsible.”
Bauman commented the parcels in question were not currently “charming,” but were “dilapidated” and needed redevelopment.
Said Aspen: “We are not talking about ag land. We’re talking about property that is already zoned office.”
Courtesy Photo. King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert
Four years from now those invested citizens bent on getting the Urban Growth Boundary adjusted in order to annex property into the city of Woodinville will have another chance to do so.
Last Monday, by way of a 9-0 vote, the Metropolitan King County Council passed an update to its Comprehensive Plan, and it did not include adjusting the UGB as some had hoped.
It did, however, include an amendment co-proposed by Councilmember Kathy Lambert and Councilmember Larry Phillips stating that King County Executive Dow Constantine shall work collaboratively with the City of Woodinville to develop joint recommendations for promoting the wine and agriculture industries.
It reads as follows: “In developing these recommendations, the County shall work with the City to analyze and consider the following:
• Identification of existing and needed transportation infrastructure, including traffic safety improvements, roads, sidewalks, parking, trails, tourism buses, signage and way finding;
• The finite nature and value of agricultural soil resources and the agricultural potential of the Agricultural Production District (APD);
• The character of the surrounding rural area — vacant, buildable, and redevelopable land within the existing urban growth area;
• The adopted Countywide Planning Policies and King County Comprehensive Plan;
• Input from the public and interested stakeholders, including local businesses and surrounding city and unincorporated communities;
• Failing septic systems and pollution in the valley, and non-conforming uses on the unincorporated lands in King County and on the agricultural lands.”
Despite the Woodinville City Council’s majority request by way of Resolution 414 that the county expand the UGB in the Woodinville area to include several properties for possible annexation, Lambert said Wednesday more people were actually opposed to the idea.
Lambert, whose sphere of influence includes Woodinville, spoke candidly about the process, which took almost a year.
“There were a lot of things said that weren’t accurate,” she said. “One of them was save our farms. My mailbox is in Woodinville so I drive there every day. The thing is that nobody wanted to get rid of that APD (Agriculture Production District).
“That APD is something that we all value throughout the entire county. Part of what we’re trying to do is make Woodinville the wine center, because that’s what the city seems to want to be, with economic development around that and have that as a theme.
“So if that’s your theme, the background to your theme is to have places where you have things growing.”
She said she found it somewhat frustrating and bothersome that some people thought her intention was to redevelop existing farm land.
“If anybody knows anything about me, they know I’m out there preserving the APD for the rest of the county. Why wouldn’t I preserve this one? I mean, there’s very little APD in the county.”
She said Executive Constantine was excited about working with Woodinville to promote its wine and agriculture industries.
“For quite some time the county and the city had been saying different things. The county and the city had not had a close relationship under (former Executive) Ron Sims, for a variety of reasons. But Ron’s not here anymore, and so I’ve worked hard to try and get the county and city working better together under Dow.”
In terms of economic development, Lambert acknowledged the city’s need for an affordable hotel.
“Even the one hotel that exists (Willows Lodge) believes there needs to be another hotel. A lot of people believe there needs to be a lower-priced option. And if so, where should it go?
“One of the options is to put it right along where the wineries are so that people can walk — walk from a concert or a winery tour and go back to the hotel. My feeling is I don’t want people drinking and driving. So if they can walk to a hotel that’s reasonably priced we won’t have people getting into car accidents. That’s a safety concern.”
She said the county had looked at a recent hotel proposal.
“The one we saw had a lot of open space around it, enhancements of the trail, and a lot of tree cover so it wouldn’t stand out.”
She added that the channels of communication between county and city are now more open than ever and not just about a hotel.
“So what we’re going to do is get together, city and county, and start talking about where this should be and where that should be and is this what we really want? Are the roads adequate for this? Are there turn lanes? What do we need to think about? What are the mitigations? And really talk in an open way so people don’t say nobody talked about it and this just showed up in my neighborhood.”
Thirteen North King County residents have applied to fill the vacancy that will occur on the Metropolitan King County Council when state Attorney General-elect Bob Ferguson is sworn into office on January 16, 2013.
The applications received by last week’s deadline are listed in alphabetical order, with cities of residence and occupations as described in the applicant materials:
• David Baker (Kenmore) - Mayor, City of Kenmore
• Dennis Behrend (Kenmore) - Bond agent, Lacey OMalley Agency; English teacher, Mercer Education Group, Inc.
• Tiffany Bond (Woodinville) - former Parks and Recreation Commissioner, City of Woodinville; Principal, BrandBond
• Rod Dembowski (Seattle) - Attorney, Foster Pepper PLLC
• Chris Eggen (Shoreline) - Councilmember, City of Shoreline; Analyst, Applied Physics Laboratory
• Ken Goodwin (Woodinville) - Commissioner, Woodinville Water District; member, King County Investment Pool Advisory Committee
• Will Hall (Shoreline) - Councilmember, City of Shoreline; Senior Legislative Analyst, Snohomish County Council
• Bob Ransom (Shoreline) - Commissioner, Ronald Wastewater District; former Councilmember, City of Shoreline
• Cindy Ryu (Shoreline) - State Representative, 32nd District
• Keith Scully (Shoreline) - Planning Commissioner, City of Shoreline; Attorney, Newman Du Wors
• Sarajane Siegfriedt (Seattle) – Member, King County Board of Equalization; former candidate for State Representative, 46th District
• Chuck Sloane (Seattle) - Deputy Ombudsman, King County Office of Citizen Complaints – Ombudsman; Board Chair, Municipal League of King County
• Naomi Wilson (Seattle) - Grants Specialist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
King County Executive Dow Constantine has named the members of an advisory committee that is representative of Council District 1 to evaluate the applicants for their qualifications, their knowledge of issues currently relevant to King County and their knowledge of issues specific to people living in that district. The advisory committee will forward the names of qualified candidates to the executive.
Northshore-area members of the committee are Susan Boundy-Sanders (Woodinville): Councilmember, City of Woodinville; Vice President, Plymouth Healing Communities; Technical Writer and Project Manager, Insight Global
Sam Chung (Lake Forest Park): Attorney; Partner, Lee Anav Chung LLP
Beretta Gomillion (Kenmore): Executive Director, Center for Human Services
Dwight Thompson (Lake Forest Park): President & CEO, Rehabilitation and Evaluation Services, Inc.; former Councilmember, City of Lake Forest Park
Under state law, when the position in Council District 1 becomes vacant in January, the executive will transmit three names to the County Council for consideration. The Council has 60 days to fill the position from the date it becomes vacant.
The appointee will serve in office until certification of the next general election in November 2013. Updates to the Council vacancy process will be posted on the Executive’s home page at www.kingcounty.gov/exec.