April 27, 1998

Local News

Meeting to discuss TDR program

Proposal would add as many as 132 homes to Hollywood Hill area

   by Woodinville Weekly staff

   WOODINVILLE--King County will hold a public meeting May 5 to provide information on the Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program as it applies to rural unincorporated lands south and east of Woodinville. The meeting will be held in the Woodinville City Council chambers behind City Hall, 13203 N.E. 175th St. from 4 to 7 p.m. The county is proposing to create the Hollywood Hill Special District Overlay (SDO). The SDO would include the Hollywood Hill and Cottage Lake areas as well as the central Sammamish Valley.
   Certain properties inside that SDO would then be eligible for more housing through the purchase of development rights from Rural Farm and Forest District lands. The idea is to limit new housing in rural areas but provide landowners there the opportunity to make money off their property. For instance, a rural 40-acre parcel zoned one house per ten acres with only one house on it currently has the right to build three more houses. Under TDR, the property owner could sell those three development rights to someone who wants to build in an SDO.
   Under the county's proposal, parcels inside the SDO zoned RA-2.5 would be eligible to buy those rights to develop to a density of two houses per five acres rather than the one house per five acres currently allowed under code. Over 100 properties would be affected in the Hollywood Hill SDO, according to TDR planner Connie Blumen. A maximum of 132 more houses could be built. But Blumen says the total number would probably be half that due to site-specific constraints.
   Previously the county had proposed only properties surrounded on three sides by RA-2.5 zoning be eligible to receive additional housing. At the meeting, county staff will provide updates on:
   * goals of TDR;
   * recommended preservation sites;
   * proposed zoning amendments;
   * 1998 TDR Draft Comprehensive Plan Policies.
   Because this is a zoning change, affected property owners and anyone living within 500 feet will receive notification, according to Blumen.