Northwest NEWS

August 26, 2002

Editorial

AWR makes it easier to be informed, involved

Curious about the "Notice of Proposed Land Use" sign posted down the street from your home or office? Do you drive by that sign and tell yourself you really need to find out how it might affect you if you only had the time? Have you thought you'd like to express your opinion about a proposed development or street project to the City Council or Planning Commission but lack the time or information to do so?
   It's often difficult for residents to know about or comment on these kinds of issues. Little time remains in the day after work and family needs are met, making it difficult to stay informed on issues or attend meetings. Sometimes the process of getting information or making a public comment can be frustrating or intimidating due to the process involved.
   A newly organized citizen-based group, the Alliance of Woodinville Residents (AWR), has been formed to make it easier for Woodinville residents to be informed and involved.
   AWR was formed for two reasons: First, it serves as a resource for residents to find out more about issues of concern. Second, the AWR was formed to make it easier for residents' questions and opinions on community development issues to be represented as a group during the City Council and Planning Commission decision-making processes.
   Through the use of a web site and monthly meetings, the Alliance will state issues in easily understood terms, including the implications of potential decisions. The web site address is www.awrweb.org. Community feedback will be presented to the City Council and Planning Commission. Membership in the AWR is open to all residents within the city limits of Woodinville.
   Local businesses and developers often have organizations or representatives to keep them informed and advance their interests. Up to now, there has not been an organization to meet these same needs for residents of the community. A key decision facing the community includes what the character of further development in the downtown should be, including building heights.
   Other decisions include property rezones, changes in allowed land uses and Little Bear Creek Linear Park.
   Without question, the AWR has a bias. AWR's bias is that development in Woodinville should reflect residents' priorities and values while accommodating growth and encouraging a healthy economic base.
   Woodinville can look like any other community, or it can emphasize and retain those qualities that make Woodinville unique and are the reason many residents chose Woodinville as their home.
   The first meeting of AWR will be Sept. 5 at the Woodinville Fire Station at 7 p.m. Agenda items include an introductions to the Alliance of Woodinville Residents and progress of Woodinville's downtown master plan.
   Alliance of Woodinville Residents