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City sets legislative goals

  • Written by Don Mann
With complicated Ordinance No. 532 — establishing transfer of development rights and density credits — temporarily on the back burner, the Woodinville City Council passed first reading with little fanfare on two easy ones.

Ordinance No. 550, which considers a proposed zoning code amendment to clarify when new and existing development is required to hook up to a sanitary sewer,  was passed 6-1, with Councilmember Susan Boundy-Sanders opposed.

The council selected one of three options proposed by the planning commission.

In short, hook up to the public sewage system may be required for expansion of existing developments within 330 feet of the sewage system if the existing development does not have or cannot establish an approved and functioning private septic system.

Further, new single family residential subdivisions that create lots less than one acre per unit must hook up to the municipal sewer system if the system is within 330 feet of a proposed development.

Boundy-Sanders explained her opposition: “This is an invitation for developers to start buying up houses, building ‘McMansions’ where they are or buying a city council that will upzone so that they can subdivide into R-4 or more with that sewer just waiting in the wings for them.”

(According to Wikipedia, “McMansion” is a pejorative word for a type of large, new luxury house which is judged to be incongruous for its neighborhood.)

Ordinance No. 552, which considers a proposed zoning code amendment to clarify the noise regulations for approved events, was passed unanimously.

This item apparently related to noise generated at Chateau Ste. Michelle concerts, whose shows reportedly end promptly at 10 p.m., when the city’s public nuisance regulations go into effect.

The proposed amendment clarifies that permitted events within the Tourist District Overlay are exempt from typical noise regulations and are subject to the noise restrictions established by the city’s permit process, subject to specified approval criteria.

Before adjournment the council discussed and approved its 2012-2013 Legislative agenda as recommended by city staff, focusing on “Woodinville-specific issues” and not on general municipal issues.

Regarding King County issues, the city seeks to agree upon an approach to more fully evaluate and consider expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) in areas immediately adjoining city borders.

It also seeks to secure a county contribution toward the construction of a new traffic signal on Woodinville-Duvall Road at 171st as part of the road widening project.

Further, the city wants to explore opportunities to incorporate the county-owned gravel parking lot of the Northshore Athletic Fields into the Woodinville Tourist District. And it seeks to develop a cooperative Economic Development Plan for the Sammamish Valley and tourist district that emphasizes the wine industry and agritourism.

Regarding Snohomish County issues, the city wants to discuss and address major issues associated with development of Wellington Hills Golf Course into a regional recreational facility.

Further, it seeks to agree upon an approach to more fully evaluate possible annexation of properties along the Snohomish/King County border to Woodinville.

Finally, it seeks to agree upon an approach for development of the former Burlington Northern Rail corridor, which extends from Woodinville to Snohomish, into a regional “Trails and Rails” corridor that will include a continuous non-motorized trail and future commuter rail service.

And regarding the Washington State Legislative agenda, the city seeks to maintain Streamlines Sales Tax (SST) mitigation payments as originally approved and to amend state legislation, Washington Administrative Code and WSDOT regulations to give more control to local agencies for state highways.

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