Public Comment Opportunities for Woodinville’s Sustainable Development Draft Report
On Wednesday, January 24, the Woodinville Planning Commission met with members of a citizens advisory panel (CAP) to discuss the preliminary findings of the Sustainable Development Study. Commissioners and panelists reviewed the purpose of the study and the methodologies used to evaluate the environmental, neighborhood character, transportation, public facilities and other Growth Management Act (GMA) elements to existing and potential development options in the R-1 (one residential unit per acre) zoning district. Public comment was received regarding the draft report. The Commission will hold a public hearing on January 31 at 7:30 p.m. Woodinville City Hall, 17301-133rd Avenue NE, to receive further public comment. On February 20, the City Council will hold a study session to discuss the draft report. A formal public hearing will be held on March 5, 2007, to consider the contents of the report and any proposed comprehensive plan regulatory changes. At that time the public is encouraged to make comments on the study and associated legislative proposals and on the disposition of the moratorium. A decision on these items is possible at the March 5 City Council hearing, following public comment and completion of the public hearing. The draft study, as presented to the Commission, is available on the City’s website. Updates to the plan will be posted as they are completed.
In March 2006, the City Council enacted a six-month temporary land use and building permit moratorium in the R-1 zone so that it could commission the Sustainable Development Study as an attempt to ensure the compliance of future development within the City, particularly in the R-1 zone. The moratorium was renewed in September and expires March 20, 2007. For more information, call Marie Stake, communications coordinator at 425-489-2700. (1/26/2007)