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Northridge UPD/FCC hearing process begins

Northridge UPD/FCC by Jeff Switzer
BEAR CREEK--The proposed draft permit for the fully contained community/urban planned development Northridge has been released, and now the community, developer, and army of King County planners are preparing for the second set of three-week hearings that start Apr. 29.
   Much like last summer's Blakely Ridge hearings, which lasted more than three weeks and were followed by appeal hearings, with the project now awaiting a summer court date, the Northridge hearings are expected to be as comprehensive and detailed.
   However, unlike the Blakely Ridge process, which was for an urban planned development (UPD), Northridge's permit is written to be both a fully contained community (FCC) and a UPD, as a result of the Growth Management Hearings Board decision instructing the county to reword the "urban island" in the rural area on Novelty Hill Road.
   A mid-point comprehensive review is written into the draft permit for Northridge as a result of the Blakely Ridge hearing examiner recommendation, allowing for a detailed discussion of groundwater impacts to area wells, effects to Welcome Lake, and adequacy of roads and forecasts impacted by the two development.

The proposed city
   Quadrant, the Northridge developer, proposes to build a 1,046-acre site on its 1,506 acres, with 229 acres of residential uses, including single- and multi-family, an eight-acre neighborhood shopping center adjacent to Novelty Hill Road, a 122-acre business park, public facilities, 533 acres in its natural state, and 35 acres of parks.
   When completed, the proposed project would have a total of 1,300 to 1,500 units and an estimated population of 4,150, anticipating full residential buildout within seven to 12 years. A fire station, an elementary school, water towers and power sub- stations would be on the site.

The players in round two of the hearings
   Several groups have been granted intervenor status, entitled to present testimony and argument during the parties part of the hearing, also with the right to cross-examine.
   Intervenors are: the City of Redmond; Port Blakely Tree Farms; Coalition for Public Trust; Lake Washington School District; Union Hill Water Association; Novelty Hills Ranch Estates Homeowners Association; and the Lake of the Woods Homeowners Association.
   The hearings begin April 29 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Hearing Room No. 2, DDES, Eastpointe Plaza, 3600 136th Place SE, Bellevue; May 1 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Redmond City Council Chambers, 8701 160th NE, Redmond.