County to discuss two large developments
by Jeff Switzer
Two developers are working towards construction of more than 450 units north of the 160th Street exit on Juanita-Woodinville Way, and King County has scheduled a meeting to discuss the issues and allow residents to learn more about the proposals.
"Woodbridge Pond" developers Madison Homes wants to build 221 townhomes on a 13.65-acre parcel which abuts the southern city limits of Bothell. The zoning is predominantly R-18, or 18 units per acre, with some R-24, abutting R-6 zoning in King County. Woodbridge Pond would be built eastside of Juanita-Woodinville Way.
"The Glen" developer, The Pryde Corporation, hopes to build a 238-unit apartment complex on 10.83 acres. Slightly more than half the land is zoned 18 units per acre; the rest is 24 units per acre.
Luanne Coachman, the environmental planner with DDES who is working on the Woodbridge Pond project, says the SEPA determination has not yet been issued. "Woodbridge Pond abuts single-family housing with very little buffer between the proposed condos," she said. "The meeting will provide an opportunity to ask questions of the developers and the neighborhoods and understand the situation better."
She also said that because the developments could impact the nearby intersection and I-405 on-ramp, the county is still waiting for feedback from state agencies.
A letter signed by Councilmembers Maggi Fimia and Louise Miller noted that providing growth in urban areas reduces pressure on rural areas, though it is "critical that projects are compatible with adjacent neighborhoods," they wrote.
The meeting, scheduled Dec. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Woodinville City Council Chambers at 13203 NE 175th Street, behind City Hall, will involve the developers, county staff, and members of the Concerned Citizens Committee. Those with questions can call Fimia at 296-1001 or Miller at 296-1003.