April 23, 2001
City boundaries will remain where they are for the next 5 to 10 years
I read Peter Storaasli's letter to the editor with great interest. In it he complains that although he lives in Woodinville, he doesn't live within the city limits and so can't run for City Council or vote on city-specific issues. Mr. Storaasli, I understand your frustration and while I can't do anything about it, I can at least explain how this situation came to be.
In 1992 I was the spokesman for the citizen committee that got Woodinville incorporated. When the incorporation committee first drew the proposed boundaries for the city, we included most of what people think of as "Woodinville." As we did surveys and spoke to local residents, it became apparent that a lot of them didn't want to be part of the city of Woodinville. For the most part they were unsure if the city would be successful and were fearful that we would explode overnight into their worst urban nightmares. Because of people's reaction, we cut down the boundaries to what they are today.
Time of course has shown that the city is successful and, while it is not the bucolic town it once was many years ago, we also are not an urban disaster. [For those of you who want to argue this point, I can be reached at City Hall, (425) 489-2700]. Ironically for Mr. Storaasli, it was the Hollywood Hill Association that led the anti-incorporation charge.
But what about annexation you ask? Sorry, can't do it.
The State Growth Management Act drew an urban/rural line. If you are east of the Woodinville city limit, you are in the rural side and you can't annex to Woodinville even if you ask us to. Ironically for Mr. Storaasli, it was the Hollywood Hill Association that led the charge to draw the line where it is.
So, for the next 5 to 10 years the city of Woodinville boundaries will be where they are, and interested citizens like Mr. Storaasli won't be able to run for City Council. I would like to take this opportunity to invite all you dis-enfranchised citizens to tell me your ideas. After all, you live in "Woodinville" too.
Don Brocha, councilmember, City of Woodinville