Northwest NEWS

December 25, 2000

Local News

Bothell staff and citizen committees work together on Partnership Study

BOTHELL - Culminating eight months of work, four citizen committees will present their recommendations on the Bothell Partnership Study for community sustainability from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 6, at Northshore School District's Anderson cafeteria, 18603 Bothell Way NE. The committees will present their recommendations to each other at this meeting. The meeting is open to the general public.
   "The committees worked very hard to create solutions to challenges our City faces in the future," said Community Development Director Bill Wiselogle. "A priority for each committee was to include solutions that maximize the City's resources with minimum impact to our community ..."
   The committees were formed in April as the result of an Economic Development Partnership Summit meeting, which brought together a broad cross-section of the Bothell community including local businesses, City of Bothell council members and staff, non-profit organizations and residents. The successful progress is specifically due to the dedication from all community team members involved.
   Each committee was charged with analyzing a particular aspect of Bothell's economy and preparing recommendations for policy or regulatory changes or specific projects or programs aimed at increasing Bothell's' community sustainability. The four subjects were downtown Bothell, the business areas outside downtown, housing affordability, and transportation.
   Co-chairs of the community sustainability effort are Warren Buck, Chancellor of the University of Washington, Bothell and Victoria Munoz-Richart, President of Cascadia Community College.
   Among the committees' recommendations are the following:
   * Increase residential density in the downtown Bothell, Thrasher's Corner and Canyon Park community activity centers;
   * Explore the feasibility of creating unique design districts (a district that has common architectural elements or themes) at Thrasher's Corner and Canyon Park;
   * Implement downtown artworks and historic preservation programs;
   * Explore Comprehensive Plan changes to increase affordable housing;
   * Hire a consultant to prepare a Downtown Master Plan that would possibly contain design guidelines and other improvements;
   * Ensure a range of transportation choices, both motorized and non-motorized.
   At the Jan. 6 meeting, participants will discuss the committee recommendations and attempt to identify logical next steps in the process.
   It is anticipated that the group will ultimately select a number of recommendations for implementation over the next year.