Northwest NEWS

April 8, 2002

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Preliminary CIP ready for public comment

WOODINVILLE The city's annual Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) will be the focus at an open house scheduled for May 6 from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. followed by a May 15 Planning Commission public hearing at Woodinville City Hall. The CIP process is designed to provide the city with a systematic process for planning and budgeting capital needs for a six-year period.
   The preliminary 2003-2008 CIP identifies transportation, water quality, parks and facilities projects and associated funding sources. Public comment is being accepted through April 19.
   In February 2002 city staff evaluated 62 projects with a total cost of over $178 million. This was based on a set of evaluation criteria taken from the city's Comprehensive Plan.
   These criteria are based on the most important aspects of development specifically for Woodinville.
   Examples include public health and safety, availability of financing, and environmental quality. The original 62 projects were narrowed down to 29 priority projects using the evaluation criteria. The priority projects will be funded with the city's $18.8 million of available revenue throughout the next six years.
   Some of the major highlights in the Preliminary 2003-2008 CIP include transportation improvements, non-motorized travel route improvements, park upgrades, and surface water projects.
   CIP projects are always in motion and two of last year's projects are moving into final design this year.
   The Little Bear Creek Parkway (Northeast 177th Place) project and the evolution of the downtown community center property promise to be some of the greatest products of the C.I.P.
   Some specifics of this year's plan: installation of new signal and additional lanes at State Route 202 at 127th Place Northeast; trailheads; interpretive facilities and habitat conservation and improvement for the Little Bear Creek Lineal Park; intersection improvements, bike lanes and lighting at Northeast 143rd Place/132nd Avenue Northeast to State Route 202; and stream corridor planting that supports volunteer enhancements projects.
   For information, call Deborah Knight at (425) 489-2700, Ext. 2266.