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Council to Reconsider Sammamish Valley Annexation After Member Calls Foul

Woodinville city council will revisit Resolution 414, which tells the county the city supports annexation in the Sammamish Valley, after Councilman Art Pregler questioned the process.

 

At the Tuesday, April 3 meeting, Councilman Art Pregler asked for Resolution 414, which supports annexation of agricultural lands in the Sammamish Valley into city limits for development, to come back to council for re-examination.

Pregler said he had been told by city staff before he cast his yes vote for the resolution on March 6, that it had been vetted before he joined the council. Pregler was appointed last October to fill the vacancy left when .

“I’m beginning to think that’s not the case,” Pregler said at the meeting and asked for the resolution to come back to council with complete staff reports.

The controversy over Resolution 414 began when it was passed by council in a 5-2 vote (Mayor Bernie Talmas and Councilwoman Susan Boundy-Sanders voted against the resolution) on March 6. The resolution states City Council support for owners of several properties in unincorporated King County along the Sammamish Valley who want their land to be annexed into the city. King County Executive Dow Constantine is against the annexation, which would transfer land zoned rural into the city and necessitate the county moving the Urban Growth Boundary.

The plan to move 17 parcels of land along 140th Place NE, many of which are fully developed (, , ), is in opposition to King County’s Comprehensive Plan, which designates the Sammamish Valley as rural. If the city were to annex those properties, the county would need to move the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB).

Resolution 414 became a hot button issue at the March 13 council meeting when Talmas was called on the carpet for not signing the resolution (). Talmas said he did not sign because he felt the resolution had factual errors.

The resolution will come back to council in the next few weeks. King County will hold a public hearing in Woodinville on the annexation on April 12 and another in Ravensdale on April 25.

The meetings will be at:

  • WOODINVILLE—Thursday, April 12
    The Y at the Carol Edwards Center
    17401 133rd Ave. NE
    Woodinville, Wa. 98072
  • RAVENSDALE—Wednesday, April 25 
    Tahoma Junior High Commons
    25600 Summit Landsburg Road,
    Ravensdale, Wa. 98051

People can also submit written testimony online at www.kingcounty.gov/council and following the link under Hot Topics to the “Comprehensive Plan.”

Public testimony will also be taken at regularly scheduled meetings of the Council's Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee throughout the spring and summer of 2012. These are daytime meetings held the first and third Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Council chambers on the 10th floor of the King County Courthouse in Seattle.

Local Guy April 13, 2012 at 04:59 PM
"The government can and has done great things and the negativity being sent toward government by the teaparty types is nothing but destructive to our civilized society"... Of course the government has done great things, they also have done some pretty darn negative things. No free pass afforded here... Where do wholesale disregard of opposing ideological/political viewpoints, register on your scale of societal destruction? For some, the negativity towards government is well earned...for precisely the same reason you cite. A failure to serve and protect... I counter that your example is what contributes to the destruction of society, the "broad brushstroke", and the "us" vs "them" that has crippled politics today... I come to this board as an individual, and my viewpoints are generally not boxed by political definition. I don't have a "D" or an "R" behind my name any longer, having had both over the past 50 years, I seem to hear, think and see a little more clearly that way these days... Mr. Henry is entitled to his perception, as they are his...
Dave Henry April 13, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Dear Mr. Martinek; you sound like a very good and caring person. I have no doubt that you are genuine, compassionate and have all are best interests at heart. all of US citizens collectively, contribute what we can, to make this a better society and for each of us to live in peace. your contributions are very much appreciated. Dave Henry
Bob Martinek August 23, 2012 at 05:06 PM
So, with your reasoning, the Wind Village should not have been annexed? Hotels and Convention Centers, bad, they creat jobs. Hospitals and clinics, bad, they create jobs and good paying ones at that. As far as crops, please! Lawn farms and a few truck farms. The WHOLE valley used to be Filipino truck farms, strawberry farms, blueberry farms, dairy farms and main Woodinville intersection was home to a rodeo ground. Should that have all been maintained, probably, but that is not realistic. Preservation costs money and if people want to preserve they should compensate those that are deprived of their speculation, much like Swiss dairy farms which are subsidized to promote tourism. I agree, if it is a farm keep it, but not developed land!
Bob Martinek August 23, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Willow Run was a HUGE vegetable farm.
Bob Martinek August 23, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Mr Snow, Why don't you move to Snoqualmie Valley.

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