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AUGUST 4, 1997

Local News

Tourist District Master Plan meeting

  NW News staff
   The city of Woodinville and the Tourist District Citizens Advisory Panel will host an open house to present preliminary ideas and concepts for a Tourist District Master Plan August 7 at Redhook Brewery.
  
   As development and tourism intersect in the Sammamish Valley, city planners and citizen groups would like to come up with a vision for Woodinville's Tourist District. The area centers around N.E. 145th Street and includes not only wineries and breweries but smaller shops and recreational facilities such as the Sammamish Valley Trail.
  
   "We're looking at all types of issues- from traffic to land use, to building design, to economic tourism development," said Stephanie Cleveland, a Woodinville city planner. Already, as many as 200,000 visitors a year are attracted to some local tourist facilities. But with current and future development, a master plan must be decided on soon. The city wants to attract and handle more visitors, and name the district as well.
  
   "The city encourages both tourism and development, but there is a need to make them compatible so that development doesn't thwart tourism but creates a foundation for it," Cleveland said. "We're hoping to share what we've done so far, and get some more ideas from people in the area."
  
   The public is welcome to review and comment on preliminary concepts of the master plan. The meeting will be held in the second floor of the Redhook Brewery, 14300 N.E. 145th Street, from 4-7 p.m. For more information, contact Cleveland at 489-2754 ext. 250.