Council adopts ordinances for non-motorized boats, electric car charging stations

  • Written by Don Mann
At its regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting, the Woodinville City Council unanimously passed second reading and adopted Ordinance No. 512 to amend the Shoreline Master Program, ostensibly clearing the way for a future non-motorized boat launch and boat rental facilities along the Sammamish River, possibly in or near Wilmot Park.

After some debate at the previous meeting on the ordinance’s specific language, Development Services Director Hal Hart redefined the city’s definition of a boating facility: Boating facilities accommodate and/ or serve the boating industry. Boating facilities include boat rentals, storage, boating accessory equipment sales and/or rentals, small repair services, public launchings, groceries and dry goods.

The council also unanimously passed second reading and adopted Ordinance No. 523 to establish electric vehicle infrastructure standards as a permitted use, clearing the way for battery charging machines at local gasoline and car service stations. In 2009 the Washington State Legislature passed House bill 1481 which established the state’s electric vehicle law and requires the city to adopt electric vehicle infrastructure regulations by July 1, 2011.

The council also heard from Public Works Director Tom Hansen regarding the 2012-2017 six-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

State law requires the city to annually prepare and adopt a six-year TIP, requiring a public hearing, adoption by resolution and submittal of the plan to the state by July 1 of each year.

The TIP is a projection of transportation capital improvements the city intends to construct within the six year schedule, providing funding is available.

The TIP is used by Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) to project statewide transportation needs, coordinate and plan regional capital improvements, for transportation modeling, and as a basis to award grant funds. Placing projects on this list makes them eligible for possible regional, state and federal grant funding opportunities.

According to Hansen, the city had identified a total of 37 transportation capital improvement projects at a cost of over $220 million over the next six years. The top six, in prioritized order, include the citywide annual street overlay program, the Sammamish Bridge replacement, Woodinville-Duvall road widening, school safety zones (pedestrian safety improvements along school walking routes), the trestle replacement in the SR202 corridor, and the installation of traffic signals at the SR 522 and 195th St. interchange.

Among the discussion items at the June 14 city council meeting will be whether councilmembers would be allowed to participate in council meetings electronically without being physically present in the council chambers.

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