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JUNE 16, 1997

Local News

Residents concerned with wind changes Falcon Ridge may bring

Falcon Ridge by Andrew Walgamott
   When the wind blows now, branches in the well-treed Pioneer Hills neighborhood come down. When Falcon Ridge, a 4.65-acre, 15-unit, single-family detached housing development due south of Pioneer Hills is graded and built on, whole trees may come down. That is the concern residents of Pioneer Hills expressed over and over at last Wednesday's Bothell Planning Commission public hearing.
   Five residents who spoke during public comment said that air current patterns will be affected when trees on the southern sloping development are cut, perhaps resulting in more pressure on trees in their neighborhood at the top of the bluff overlooking Woodinville. They also asked who would be liable for damages any falling trees caused.
   The Falcon Ridge parcel is zoned R-8d (residential, eight units, detached, per acre) on the top half, and R-15 (offices and neighborhood business) on the bottom half along NE 180th Street near Victorian Village.
   A geo-technical analyst said that the soils at the site were highly stable, and according to plans for the development, the steepest section will not be developed. A belt of trees will be retained to gird the slope. Lot sizes will average 7,715 square feet. Homes will be accessible from a cul-de-sac off of NE 182nd Place. The commercial end is proposed to be 51,527 square feet.
   The hearing has been continued to June 18 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.