Bothell’s annexation plans unanimously approved by boundary review board

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Last week, the Snohomish County Boundary Review Board unanimously approved Bothell’s annexation of 5.6 square miles of unincorporated Snohomish County territory with a population of 22,283. The approval allows voters in the proposed annexation area to vote on whether or not to be annexed into Bothell, which is expected on the November 8, 2011 ballot.

Commenting that the City of Bothell has been thorough in its research and preparation of the annexation proposal and that it is well-positioned to provide needed services to the annexation area, the Boundary Review Board unanimously agreed that, without exception, all factors, objectives and planning goals required by Washington state law had been met. As board member Dennis Kendell stated, "This is what the Growth Management Act is all about: to bring these [unincorporated] areas into our cities."

"This annexation has been two years in the making and we are ready and prepared to deliver exemplary municipal services to citizens within the annexation area," said City Manager Bob Stowe. "We are delighted with the Boundary Review Board’s decision and that now the citizens of the area will have their voice heard in the November election."

The process of annexation in Snohomish County was originally initiated in 2009 by citizens who submitted over 1,000 signatures petitioning for annexation election. The Bothell City Council has since made exploring annexation of all of Bothell’s designated potential annexation areas one of the council’s top goals.

The city embarked on a two-year program that looked into potential annexation of 11 unincorporated areas within both Snohomish and King counties through five activity tracks. Depending on election results in Snohomish County and the boundary review decision in King County, the effective date for annexation is proposed for December 31, 2012.

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