Miller votes against measure
Councilmember Louise Miller, in whose district the developments would be built, believes the FCC designation was meant to recognize the needs of rural towns, such as Carnation, Duvall, and North Bend, to allow some growth for the future expected populations they'd need to take care of.
"It was the growth management committee's choice to go with the FCC designation as one of the options given in the remand," said Miller. "The county had already decided not to use the FCC designations."
Miller said she disliked the fact that all of the remand issues were addressed in one ordinance, as she supported some of the amendments to the ordinance regarding other issues in the county, but voted against the FCC designation. "We drew our urban/rural line much farther west than these properties," Miller said.
Miller asked legal staff whether the one-acre alternatives at the Blakely Ridge site were vested. Friends of the Law has maintained that the one-acre alternative in the Blakely Ridge environmental impact statement is invalid. Chuck Maduell, senior deputy prosecuting attorney with the county, gave his opinion that the one-acre plats are vested as of1988.
Blakely Ridge and Northridge plan to develop only portions of their urban designated sites, combining for 3,750 units, 8,203 people, and 5,441 jobs. The Bear Creek Community Plan allows for future development up to 7,812 units, 17,734 people, and 6,879 jobs.
The Growth Management Hearings Board is expected to hold a hearing within the next month to determine whether the county's decision complies with the remand order.