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Potential development and growth changes discussed at City Council Meeting

  • Written by Kara Roth

The Woodinville City Council addressed more changes to the Woodinville community at the April 16th City Council meeting.  Public comment included comments on  the use of renewable, green energy to the beginning of the 26th year of the Woodinville Farmer’s Market at DeYoung Park.  The developers from Woodinville Hotel Partners LLC made their appeal to increase the height of the hotel to be built at the Wine Village.

The Council agreed to ask the Planning Commission to study the proposed changes to the tourist business zone building height.  The code currently states that buildings can only be 49 feet tall while the developers would like a development agreement that would allow the hotel to be 67 feet in height.  The Planning Commission will make recommendations for the Council to consider after they analyze the request.

The Council approved the letter to be sent to the Puget Sound Regional Council (PRSC) regarding the VISION 2050 report.  The City endorses the “Transit-Focused Growth” scenario.  As described on the PRSC website, “VISION is the adopted plan for growth for the four-county region (King, Snohomish, Pierce, and Kitsap counties) that makes-up membership to the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC). The current plan was adopted in 2008 and sets a framework for a region-wide approach to guiding sustainable growth. Between now and 2050, the region is projected to grow by 1.8 million people and 1.2 million new jobs. The Draft SEIS includes analysis of three unique scenarios for how that growth could be accommodated for their performance and environmental impacts. The three growth scenarios modeled in the Draft SEIS are referred to as: Stay the Course, Transit Focused Growth, and Reset Urban Growth. Each build from the existing framework of VISION 2040, which seeks to focus growth within already urbanized areas. ”

Ordinance 681 was also approved, which authorized new positions within the city.  Assistant to the City Manager, Kellye Mazzoli, will be leaving her job effective May 7.  With her departure, the city is proposing adding an additional position to create two Assistant to the City Manager positions, with one position focused on internal issues and the other on external issues.  The growth of the city has increased the workload of city employees and this should help effectively address the demands of the city. 

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