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AUGUST 25, 1997


Maltby incorporation backers meet with community

  by Andrew Walgamott
   MALTBY--The suspicious and the curious came to a community meeting called by Maltby/Clearview incorporation proponents last Wednesday night.
   While some in the audience of 70 or more said the cityhood movement felt "secret," others came to listen to John Postema and Corinne Hensley, key players in the incorporation bid, and Snohomish County Councilmember Swede Johnson, who represents the area.
   At issue is incorporation proposed for a 12 square-mile section of south Snohomish County including Maltby, Clearview, Grace, Turner Corner, and Wellington Hills Golf Course area. An estimated 8,000 residents live within the city limits.
   Backers want to form a city before Woodinville and Bothell "cherry pick" industrial areas such as Grace.
   Many in the audience expressed reticence about becoming annexed to Woodinville, which is currently negotiating with property owners in Grace to join the city. Some fear Woodinville will march up SR 522 into Maltby.
   Cityhood champions have Councilmember Johnson's support. A request to extend the Urban Growth Area around the proposed city was sent to the county council in July and docketed for discussion next year. Currently, only Maltby and Grace are in the UGA. Incorporations can only occur in the UGA.
   Supporters also spoke of determining their own destiny, of localizing planning to meet the community's needs, and keeping Snohomish County revenue within the county.
   Opposition at the meeting centered on taxes and increased densities.
   The state Growth Management Act requires cities, which are inside the UGA, to have minimum densities of four dwelling units per acre. Most of Maltby and Clearview is outside the UGA and thus zoned one dwelling unit per 2.5 acres.
   City backers promised tax questions would be answered soon.
   An alternative to incorporation proposed by Janet Miller of Clearview was forming a Clearview-Maltby-Cathcart Community Council.
   After the meeting, Postema said resistance to cityhood was "to be expected." He said part of his job was to educate, and wasn't averse to opposition.
   "If you don't like it, come, be involved, let your voice be heard," Postema said.
   City proponents will have a meeting with the Snohomish County Boundary Review Board Aug. 25, 7 p.m. at Kokanee Elementary School, 23710 57th Ave. S.E. off of 228th Street S.E.