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City expected to finish up with three grid roads

grid roads by Jeff Switzer
WOODINVILLE--The City Council again postponed first reading of the pared-down grid road ordinance last week, and is expected to approve first reading for two new grid roads within the TRF-Pacific site, 133rd Avenue NE, and reciprocal easements proposed by several downtown property owners. But the city is also leaving an opening in the ordinance to accommodate a future grid road through Simon and Sons, Doug's Boats and Knoll Lumber.
   At its Apr. 15 session, the council's consensus was that the proposed reciprocal agreement between TRF-Pacific and the adjoining properties would be satisfactory in the short term, but when redevelopment within those parcels is about to occur, the city would conduct a study to determine if a road is needed according to development, such as it has done with the TRF site.
   These considerations are all written into the proposed ordinance the council will be considering at their April 22 meeting. The ordinance also addresses new roadway widths and standards for grid roads within downtown, outlining bike path widths (five feet), pedestrian/bicycle paths (12 feet), and road cross sections. The minimum right-of-way required for a downtown road would be 68 feet for two- to four-lane configurations; minimum pavement widths would be 44 feet for two to four lanes.

Existing 136th Avenue NE to remain for now
   The existing 136th Avenue NE grid road the city adopted upon incorporation will remain on the books until "an acceptable majority of the property owners in the 135/136th corridor can bring forth an agreement that is acceptable to the city that provides reciprocal ingress/egress easements." If an agreement is not reached by Oct. 1, 136th Avenue NE will remain on the books.
   Two weeks ago, 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.
   Brent Carson, attorney representing TRF-Pacific, believes getting the agreements together shouldn't pose a problem. "The city's proposal is a good compromise and allows everything to go forward," said Carson, who has repeatedly testified that if 136th Avenue NE remains, the proposed 44-acre retail center is "dead."
   The issue of allowing manufactured homes to be placed within the proposed right-of-way remains up in the air, as staff waits for further instructions from council on that issue. Canterbury Square Condominiums has preliminary plans for additional lots.
   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.