Council passes development ordinance, approves W-D road easements

  • Written by Don Mann
After nine months of hard labor, the Woodinville City Council passed second reading and adopted Ordinance No. 532, which amends residential development regulations.

The vote was unanimous, with Councilmember Susan Boundy-Sanders voting affirmative after being the lone naysayer when first reading was passed on October 2.

The ordinance repeals previous regulations which allowed residential density incentives and transfer of density credits. It changes density calculation from net area to gross area, as well as changes calculation for “on-site” transfers of critical area subdivisions.

New regulations establish minimum lot sizes and amend minimum lot widths for single-family development projects.

According to Woodinville Senior Planner Erin Martindale, the changes contained in Ordinance No. 532 are intended to promote the city’s ability to meet the GMA housing allocation goal of 3,000 units by 2031 and are projected to exceed the amount by 300 or more units.

Later in the meeting the council approved the right-of-way plan for the Woodinville-Duvall Road widening project and authorized staff to acquire the necessary right-of-way easements for the project.

According to Woodinville Public Works Director Tom Hansen, there are 39 parcels affected within the project area the city needs to acquire, which includes seven permanent easements, 34 temporary easements and 26 driveway reconstruction permits.

The existing two to three lane road will be widened to provide two through lanes, one in each direction, a two-way left turn lane, and a bicycle lane, curb, gutter and sidewalk on each side.

The vote to approve was 4-1, as council members Paulette Bauman and Scott Hageman recused themselves since they own homes and live on the specified road.

Woodinville Mayor Bernie Talmas was opposed, and stated why: “I certainly support the extra lanes for safety reasons. However I’m opposed to having sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides. We did not get a grant for $4.5 million from PSRC (Puget Sound Regional Council) just so we can have an extra lane.

“They have Woodinville-Duvall Road as a major arterial and want to make it a four-lane highway extending from Duvall all the way to (SR)522. That’s extremely harmful to our city.”

Talmas cited major noise pollution as well as a substantial removal of trees.

“We can’t afford that kind of change.”

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