StatusAs of October 2018
Phase: Snohomish County Council Hearing Examiner Appeal
October 8, 2018
In an appeal brought by BSRE Point Wells LLC (BSRE), the Snohomish County Council has affirmed the decision of the hearing examiner to deny an extension of BSRE's urban center development applications.
June 29, 2018
The Snohomish County Hearing Examiner has denied BSRE Point Wells LLC's (BSRE) request for an extension of the expiration date of its urban center development applications. The hearing examiner has also granted the Snohomish County Planning and Development Services Department's request to deny BSRE's the development applications because they are in substantial conflict with the county code.
The Snohomish County Hearing Examiner has posted all of the exhibits for the Point Wells hearing scheduled to begin May 16.
Point Wells: Snohomish County’s Department of Planning and Development Services recommends denial of proposed urban center development
Snohomish County’s Department of Planning and Development Services has sent its 93-page Staff Recommendation to the hearing examiner, recommending denial of BSRE’s applications to develop Point Wells as an urban center.
Here is an excerpt from page 2 of the Staff Recommendation:
"Recommendation: Denial for the following reasons:
- Failure to Document Feasibility and Code Compliance of Second Access Road;
- Failure to Provide Acceptable Traffic Report and Assumptions, Resulting in Noncompliance with Concurrency Requirements and Failure to Mitigate Traffic Impacts;
- Failure to Provide Appropriate Building Setbacks for Tall Buildings from Lower Density Zones and Failure to Document Evidence for Access to High Capacity Transit for Building Heights Over 90 Feet;
- Failure to Satisfy Access to Public Transportation and Transit Compatibility;
- Failure to Furnish Information on Contamination Necessary to Determine Approvability of Drainage Proposal and Compliance with Critical Areas Regulations;
- Failure to Provide Adequate Parking;
- Failure to Address Shoreline Management Regulations;
- Failure to Comply with Code Provisions Regarding Critical Areas, Including Geologically Hazardous Areas, Wetlands and Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas, and Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas.”
According to the hearing examiner's scheduling order, the hearing is scheduled to begin May 16, and continue through May 31. Public comments can be made on May 17 (starting 1:30 pm), and on May 18 (starting 9 a.m.).
September 11, 2017
The Town of Woodway has issued a SEPA Determination of Significance for a proposed 36-lot subdivision referred to as Woodway Pointe. The subdivision is proposed for the Upper Bluff Neighborhood identified in the Town of Woodway Comprehensive Plan and accessed via an extension of 238th Street SW.
The lead agency, The Town of Woodway, has determined this proposal is likely to have a significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is required under RCW 43.21C.030 (2) (c) and will be prepared.
Agencies, affected tribes, and members of the public are invited to comment on the scope of the EIS. You may comment on alternatives, mitigation measures, probable significant adverse impacts, and licenses or other approvals that may be required.
Comments may be addressed to:
Heidi Napolitino, Town Clerk
23920 113th Place West
The 21-day comment period will run from September 19 to October 9, 2017. A scoping meeting will be determined at a time and date to be determined. A notice of the meeting will be provided at a later date.
May 10, 2017
On May 10, 2017 Snohomish County responded to the applicant, BSRE, with preliminary review comments on the latest revisions dated April 17, 2017. The full review of the resubmittal is still in progress.
April 17, 2017
The developer for the Point Wells site, Blue Square Real Estate (BSRE) submitted revisions to the project on April 17, 2017 to Snohomish County. The Snohomish County website states the revised plans “retain the basic overall concept in the original submittal, but add a second access road through the Town of Woodway and make some adjustments internal to the site in response to the County comments”. Work on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is on hold while the revisions are being evaluated by Snohomish County Planning and Development Services staff.
For more information on Snohomish County's current process, visit the Point Wells page on Snohomish County's Planning and Development Services website.
The next opportunity for formal public input will likely be to comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) once the work on this is resumed and completed.
November 15, 2016
Snohomish County sent BSRE (the applicant) a letter requiring changes before further work can proceed on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project.
September 18, 2015
The City sent Snohomish County a letter commenting on the Transportation Analysis Methods and Assumptions.
April 12, 2013
Snohomish County completed the first review comments on the Point Wells project application submittals. The comment letter included numerous requests for changes.
Point Wells news page: New and archived news
Transportation Corridor Study
As part of the agreement between the City and BSRE, the City conducted a series of workshops as part of the development of a Transportation Corridor Study to focus extensively on the project’s transportation impacts to the Shoreline community.
The study looked at time spent waiting at intersections, the ability for residents to safely access their driveways, and safety concerns for pedestrians and bicyclists. To ensure the process is objective, the City hired a third party facilitator.
The process included a series of six workshops that gave residents an opportunity to explain and show on maps exactly the kinds of capital investments that will make for a safe and efficient transportation corridor. The finalization of the Corridor Study is on hold until the Draft Environment Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Point Wells project is completed by Snohomish County.
Transportation Corridor Study page: Review the Transportation Corridor Study workshop presentations, meeting summaries, and community comments
The Point Wells property is located in unincorporated Snohomish County, but its only road access is through the Richmond Beach neighborhood of Shoreline. A development proposal for the property is currently in the Snohomish County permitting process.
In order to mitigate the traffic and infrastructure impacts this development will bring to Shoreline, the City has reached an agreement with the developer, BSRE Point Wells, to conduct a Transportation Corridor Study and provide financial and legal guarantees that necessary mitigations will be provided. The City of Shoreline has identified the property as Shoreline's designated "Future Service and Annexation Area" and has adopted a Point Wells Subarea Plan.
Overview and History: Read more about the history of the Point Wells property and the City's Point Wells Subarea Plan