June 22, 1998
Roads, drainage are challenges for new plat
by Barbara Sullivan
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:
- In a 4-1 vote (Coy voted nay), the city voted to approve a resolution for the Metro Park & Ride maintenance and operation agreement. The city may at any time ask Metro to leave, but would have to reimburse them a pro-rated amount for their expenses, over the life of the parking lot. Several of the objections brought up at the last meeting concerned the fact that Metro understands "mixed use" to be only Metro use during the day and trailhead use at night and on weekends.
The mayor pointed out there is no plan to install any kind of monitoring system of the parking lot or to ask Metro patrons to use a sticker. The other main objection was the plan to exit the Park & Ride directly onto SR-203. "If SR-203 proves to be a nightmare, access through to Railroad Street (under the bridge) is a possibility in the future," said Kuntz.
- The council unanimously agreed that the mayor should sign a grant request from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. This grant, which requires no matching funds from the city, will relocate Thayer Creek to its original and natural stream course, which will enhance the rearing and spawning grounds for the coho and cutthroat, and will increase the habitat for salmonids. In 1911, King County rerouted the storm water from Big Rock Road into an artificial ditch which has since become Thayer Creek. Fullmer characterized this as a "win-win" situation for the city and the environment.