JANUARY 20, 1997
Recipe for a new city
Start with a couple of huge developers with large parcels of land--Weyerhaeuser and Port Blakely Communities. In this case, it's land out in a rural area, because these developers don't have big enough chunks of land in the existing urban area.
Add a lot of developer cash contributed to local politicians.
Hold public hearings where citizen opponents can be made to believe they are having some impact on the process. They won't know until the process is over that the county totally ignored them.
Be sure to ignore state law, like the Growth Management Act, that forbids "urban islands" in rural areas. Be ready to sue the state should they try to stop the development, and you "always" can change the County Comprehensive Plan if you need to. Don't worry about the fact that you previously have forbidden the change you want to make--turning them into Fully Contained Communities.
And most importantly, remember that you only need seven members from "urban" districts in King County who couldn't care less about the rural area to be destroyed by these developments. Make sure they don't care about the horrendous traffic that will result or the lack of water for the projects. It helps if they're unconcerned about the environmental impacts or the destruction of the rural lifestyle.
Shazam! There you have Blakely Ridge and the just-approved Northridge.
Michael Costello, Redmond