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Community addresses Woodinville issues at Comp Plan hearing

comp plan by Jeff Switzer
Citizens turned out in numbers to the Planning Commission's hearing on the city's draft Comprehensive Plan.
   Adding their comments to the document that will guide the city's policies for the next 20 years, about 15 residents spoke about issues such as zoning; support for churches in the industrial zone; opposition to the grid road system through the Molbak property; a horse district overlay in the Leota-Wellington area; and the potential Grace annexation.
   "We were looking for public input and we got it," said city planner Stephanie Cleveland.
   Jan Reinking, director of the King County Executive Horse Council, presented the horse council's proposal for the Leota-Wellington area as an "H-district."
   "Once the asphalt and the foundations go in, the horses can't come back," Reinking said. "Now is the time to act, before the sewers go in and the development starts."
   Some residents expressed concern about the plan to change the zoning from R-1 to R-8 in the 156th NE/Woodinville-Duvall Road area, increasing the allowable density.
   Others spoke against the proposed Grace annexation, worried that development of the Wellington Hills Golf Course would have negative traffic impacts on rural outlying areas.
   The next public comment hearing Jan. 17 will address the final comprehensive plan. Also in the works are several neighborhood workshops during February. Council adoption is planned for May 1996.
   The Planning Commission will be reviewing all of the public comments and the issues they addressed at its Dec. 13 meeting.
   Public comment is accepted at the beginning of each Planning Commission meeting.