Northwest NEWS

June 22, 1998

Valley Special

Roads, drainage are challenges for new plat

   by Barbara Sullivan
   Contributing writer

   DUVALL--The engineer and developer of the proposed Arbutus Gardens preliminary plat have run up against some opposition to their bid for approval from the City Council. The proposed development lies up the hill and south of the old Ginny's Restaurant on Cherry Valley Road.
   The developers' plans call for a 20-foot alley to service the 12 homes as a primary access route. At the June 11 council meeting, Councilmember Neal Coy contended that the city UDR codes specify "an alley may serve as a secondary access but not a primary route." According to Don Scarberry, project engineer, the plan was in keeping with the wishes of the now disbanded Development Review Committee (DRC).
   City planner Eric Jensen said he was aware of the plan to use an alley, but reminded councilmembers that "The DRC can only make recommendations, and cannot require the developer to do something." In addition to the access and safety issues that using the alley for a primary access route bring up, members of the council expressed strong reservations about lack of a storm water detention system in place. Plans call to link a proposed system up with an incoming adjoining development. The detention system would have to be in place before any construction could begin on the Arbutus Gardens plat.
   Although the proponent was hoping for approval to go ahead, Mayor Glen Kuntz remarked that at this stage "it's likely to be denied if it comes up for a vote tonight--we are not going to re-engineer it tonight." Councilmember Pat Fullmer proposed that councilmembers write their questions and concerns, give them to the Duvall interim engineer, Bill Reynolds, and allow the City engineer and project engineers to come up with some alternative solutions.
   In other council business: