StatusAs of September 2019
September 5, 2019
In order to best represent the needs of our communities, the City of Shoreline and the Town of Woodway have agreed to unify our approach and work together to evaluate and address redevelopment of Point Wells. Earlier this year, both cities entered into mediation to develop an agreement to meet our mutual interests and concerns.
On Monday, Sept. 23, both city councils will review and discuss the proposed agreement at their respective council meetings. We encourage the public to review the agreement and provide comments. Woodway’s meeting will occur at 6:00 p.m. and Shoreline’s will be at 7:00 p.m.
The agreement addresses numerous issues, including levels of service for transportation, annexation of Point Wells, development standards, and environmental considerations. We anticipate a final agreement will resolve existing areas of conflict between our two cities to the benefit of both communities and our taxpayers.
Although we are committed to resolving these issues in a collaborative manner, Point Wells is in unincorporated Snohomish County and BSRE’s Urban Center permit application is being processed by Snohomish County. Neither Shoreline nor Woodway are in control of the review and approval process. We also note a court recently ruled BSRE has until mid-December to attempt to correct deficiencies to their Urban Center permit application.
August 23, 2019
After years of working separately with Snohomish County and BSRE, the City of Shoreline and the Town of Woodway have agreed to unify their approach and work together to evaluate and address the impacts of BSRE’s proposed redevelopment of Point Wells. The cities believe there is a realistic way to achieve a successful and sustainable redevelopment of Point Wells that enhances the character of the surrounding communities. However, both cities agree that BSRE’s current “Urban Center” proposal does not adequately consider the environmental conditions at the site or the transportation infrastructure that will serve the site.
The cities agree that redevelopment of Point Wells must respect the transportation level of service standards mutually agreed upon by our communities. Redevelopment must protect Puget Sound views, establish public access to the waterfront, and adequately address the landslide hazard risks associated with the site. Any redevelopment at Point Wells must also provide the infrastructure improvements needed to reduce the impacts of such redevelopment.
On June 18, 2019, King County Superior Court Judge John F. McHale issued his Order on BSRE’s appeal of Snohomish County’s termination of its 2011 applications for the development of an Urban Center at Point Wells. Judge McHale’s Order did not respond to the substantive issues of whether an Urban Center was even feasible at Point Wells, rather it only found that after the Snohomish County Hearing Examiner terminated the applications BSRE was entitled to a six-month “reactivation” period for its applications. Shoreline subsequently requested reconsideration of this Order so that the substantive issues were addressed, thereby allowing all parties involved to understand exactly what was required. Judge McHale summarily denied that request.
On July 31, 2019, BSRE appealed not only the June 18 Order but the denial of Shoreline’s reconsideration request to the Court of Appeals. While the Notice of Appeal does not state why BSRE is appealing rulings which are in BSRE’s favor, the appeal may be premised on rulings the Judge did not make such as granting it the two (2) year extension to the expiration date of its applications or, maybe BSRE agreed with Shoreline that substantive rulings were needed in order to assist it with the reactivation of its applications.
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