Northwest NEWS

September 9, 2002

Local News

Council holds public hearing on Brightwater Wastewater Plant

WOODINVILLE - The Woodinville City Council will host a public hearing to accept citizen comments on Brightwater, the proposed regional wastewater treatment facility, Monday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Woodinville City Hall, Council Chambers, 17301 133rd Ave. NE.
   A recent announcement by King County Executive Ron Sims that the Route 9 site, located in the Grace area, is a preferred alternative prompted the Council to get an "on-the-record" update from county staff and to take a temperature reading of citizens. This is the third City Council public hearing on the Brightwater project.
   The City's current role is remain informed on the progress of the Environmental Impact Statement," explains City Manager Pete Rose. "The prospect of having this huge facility at our northern gateway raises major concerns for the City Council. Knowing what concerns our citizens have will help us make appropriate decisions should the site be located north of the city limits."
   The proposed Route 9 site is located in unincorporated Snohomish County in the area commonly known as Grace. The area is an integral part of the city's planning under the Growth Management Act and is identified as the only significant potential annexation area for Woodinville.
   In April, the City submitted scoping comments to King County's Waste Water Treatment Division suggesting areas the environmental review should encompass such as site area and usage, growth management, economic and environmental issues.
   In February the City conducted a resident opinion survey in which the majority of respondents expressed concern about potential odor and water quality impacts should the facility be constructed on Route 9.
   The siting process for the treatment facility began in 1999. The Edmonds Unocal and Grace sites were announced as finalists in September 2001. The final siting decision is expected in mid-2003.