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City seeks community input on improvement

  • Written by Madeline Coats

The city of Woodinville is partnering with citizens to identify and prioritize infrastructure investments for Woodinville’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The CIP is a multi-year planning document that helps guide local communities in coordinating the financing and timing of improvements to existing buildings, facilities, land or infrastructure.

“Public engagement and participation are critical to the success of Woodinville’s CIP,” said Management Analysist Maia Knox in a news release. 

Current capital projects are focused on replacing the Woodinville Sports Fields turf, various surface water improvements and additional road repaving projects. Past improvements included renovating DeYoung Park and widening the Northeast 175th Street bridge over the Sammamish River. 

Woodinville’s six-year CIP is updated every two years and includes projects that cost more than $50,000 and have a life space of at least five years. These projects typically involve constructing, renovating or rehabilitating roads, parks, city-owned public facilities and surface water infrastructure.

The news release said city staff reviews and updates the plan every year to consider new projects and priorities. Potential improvement projects are evaluated based on criteria related to public health, safety, financing and quality of life. 

The city encourages community members to take action and submit suggestions for future additions or improvements to Woodinville, including a proposed location. CIP requests can be submitted online via the city’s website until March 6. 

Submissions will be evaluated according to project cost, feasibility and public benefit criteria. Staff will analyze and prioritize projects in the spring and summer months before presenting a draft CIP in the fall. There will also be an open house in late May for citizens to ask questions and provide comments before final adoption.

“Community members also welcome to participate in the CIP planning process by attending one or more public meetings held at city hall for the planning commission, public spaces commission, and city council to discuss the draft CIP,” said the news release.

Council will ultimately adopt the final 6-year plan sometime between October and December and allocate funding for the next two years.

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