Northwest NEWS

August 31, 1998

Local News

News Briefs

  

Accident shorts power downtown

   WOODINVILLE--A vehicle struck a power pole south of Woodinville early last Wednesday morning, severing power and telephone service to local businesses and residents.
  
   According to Woodinville police, an Arlington man driving southbound on 140th Pl. N.E. at about 7:15 a.m. fell asleep and crashed into the pole, breaking it off near ground level.
   About 1,500 electrical customers were in the dark for about an hour and a half, according to contractor for Puget Sound Energy.
  
   The man suffered only a cut lip from the collision.
  
  

County holding hearing on Comp Plan amendments

   SEATTLE--King County will hold a public hearing Sept. 14 on a number of Comprehensive Plan amendments, including revisions to the Transfer of Development Rights program.
  
   Under the amendment, the county would study a program that would allow development rights to be transferred from rural farm and forest districts to urban growth areas and certain rural areas.
  
   According to Connie Blumen, TDR planner, the goal is to shift new housing out of farming and forestry areas. Rural land zoned RA 2.5 (one unit per five acres) would be eligible as well as urban unincorporated King County. Certain criteria would have to be met in the case of rural receiving areas. The county would also work with cities on the program, she said.
  
   The hearing will be held at the King County Courthouse in Council Chambers at 10:30 a.m. The County Council could take final action on the amendments Sept. 21.