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Council working on challenge of grid roads

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Ina Lou Spady shows members of the Woodinville City Council where the proposed 135th-136th Avenue NE would be constructed.
Photo by Jeff Switzer/Woodinville Weekly.

grid roads by Jeff Switzer
   The City Council is still wrangling with the downtown grid road ordinance, trying to balance the needs of the existing residents and business owners with the long-term needs of solving congestion downtown.
   Five members of the council recently went on a walking tour of the two proposed grid roads which have proved to cause the most opposition: 135/136th Ave. NE, which would go through Simon and Sons Cleaners and take large parts of Knoll Lumber and Doug's Boats; and 133rd Ave. NE and NE 172nd Street, which would affect 30 lots at Canterbury Square, both existing and future.
   Following the tour, the council voted to postpone first reading of the ordinance until Apr. 15 at 6 p.m. The proposed grid road ordinance has been trimmed to cover only the proposed TRF-Pacific retail site and 133rd Avenue NE near the proposed Leisure Care project, deleting several of the current grid roads in exchange for several roads proposed by TRF. One of the current grid roads that has yet to be deleted is the old 136th Avenue NE, running along the west side of the site.
   "The TRF-Pacific project is dead if 136th remains," Brent Carson, the attorney representing TRF, told the council on April 1. "It would have a devastating effect on our property."
   City staff and the council support the roads proposed within the TRF- Pacific site, but are still considering whether to delete proposed 135/136th Avenue NE, and whether to eliminate the existing 136th Avenue NE alignment. The proposed 135/136th Avenue NE shows low traffic volumes designed for local access to the properties rather than downtown circulation.
   The Knolls (Knoll Lumber), the Spadys (Doug's Boats), and Charlie Puzzo delivered to the council an agreement with TRF-Pacific granting those three property owners easements for access as they develop, rather than a full grid road as proposed by the city. City Attorney Wayne Tanaka will be issuing an opinion to the council Apr. 15 on the agreement for easements, though his initial reaction was that unless the agreement was to the deeds for the properties, it wouldn't be binding if the properties changed hands.
   Another issue the council has yet to decide on is whether to allow manufactured homes within the proposed right of way, both on proposed 133rd Avenue NE and NE 172nd Street adjacent to Canterbury Square. Dave Bricklin, attorney representing the Canterbury Square Condominium Homeowners Association, argued that this type of development "should be exempt, as they are easily removed," while permanent structures should not be allowed.
   The council voted to have staff consider the easement agreement, moving the current grid road 136th even farther onto the TRF site so as to minimize impacts to existing businesses (Solberg), and look at extending 133rd Avenue NE through the Woodgate shopping center (DeYoung).