CNW - Great News of Another Victory for Woodinville Homeowners

CNW, a Woodinville-based non-profit advocating for preservation of the R-1-zoned spaces in the greater Woodinville area wins another key victory!

Concerned Neighbors of Wellington had a very important victory this week and we’re excited to share it with you!! 

Our Victory!!

Ordinance 532 passed second reading on Tuesday at the Woodinville City Council meeting with the key changes CNW advocated. The terrific victory here is that a minimum lot size of 35,000 sq ft (+ or - 15%) has been established in the R-1 zone--if there are no critical areas--and limiting the development to 1 house per acre rounding to the nearest acre.  In lots with critical areas, the absolute minimum lot size will be 31,000 sq ft. which will be greater than the absolute minimum without critical areas (35,000 *(1 - .15) = 29,750 sq ft). 

This is a great win for CNW and we should ALL be proud that our efforts have helped CNW achieve yet another victory in our fight to preserve the R-1 neighborhoods in the greater Woodinville area!!

“Are We Done, Yet?”  What’s Next?

Well, no, unfortunately, we’re not done yet.  The WA State Supreme Court ruling in our favor last year and the victory this week re: Ordinance 532 are major milestones, but there is still more work to do – and we need to continue to keep awareness high regarding the next steps in our journey.

Another piece of important legislation on which the Woodinville City Council is working and that impacts the R-1 area are the sewer regulations.  Ordinance 550 has been discussed at several recent City Council meetings and another Public Hearing is scheduled in  November. 

It seems CNW has the necessary support from the City Council to get the right
language clarifications changed in the Woodinville Municipal Code so that
homeowners are *NOT forced* to hook up to sewer, regardless of whether
or not it is nearby.  It’s important to attend the City Council meetings
where important Ordinances such as 550 (and 532) are discussed as the physical
presence of folks in the audience impacts how the Council views issues and how
they vote. 

Also extremely important to all R-1 residents is the question of vesting relating to the current Wood Trails development application. As you will recall, the developer
submitted an application for Wood Trails just hours before the moratorium on
new applications went into effect.  There is a legal question as to
whether this application is vested, due to the fact that it is not complete and
a formal public challenge was made within the legal timeframe to question the
validity of the application, since it was incomplete when it was submitted. 
This is a very important battle for CNW – if the application is considered
“vested,” then CNW will need to step up to a huge new effort to fight the
details of the application for development of Wood Trails.  That is why it
is very important we win on the vesting question/decision.  CNW will
once again be required to pay legal fees as legal work will be required. 
We’re in fund-raising mode again, and your help here is appreciated.

Update from Neighbors to Save Wellington Park

The battle over the future of the former Wellington Hills Golf Course (which was closed September 30) is in full swing.  Technically speaking, this park is located in
Snohomish County.  However, it borders Woodinville City limits and if 8
artificial turf fields and 700 parking spots (as big as Costco’s parking lot!!)
are put in, ALL of us in Woodinville will be impacted by the ensuing traffic,
noise, and light pollution. 

Please read the full blog from this non-profit organization at the link below.  Please also consider supporting the efforts of Neighbors to Save Wellington Park so that the quiet wooded character of our neighborhoods are not destroyed by installing a Regional Sports Park in an area in which the infrastructure required to support it do not exist!!  You can contribute funds to this sister non-profit, attend Snohomish County Council meetings, or volunteer to help.  Read more details about the devastation this plan could cause at http://neighborstosavewellingtonpark.blogspot.com/.

You may donate to CNW today by mailing a check or donating online using Paypal.


P.O. Box 2968, Woodinville, WA  98072-2968

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Susan Boundy-Sanders November 06, 2012 at 05:13 AM
To arrive at my position on rounding, the following considerations weighed most heavily: With regard to zoning decisions, the Woodinville City Council has paired responsibilities: meet our capacity targets under the Growth Management Act, and be consistent with our Comprehensive Plan. Ordinance 532 would have met those paired responsibilities under either rounding method. Beyond that, the Phoenix v. Woodinville decision gives us a great deal of latitude in our zoning decisions. Since Ordinance 489 in 2010, Woodinville's planning policy has been to focus our population growth downtown. Members of the Sustainable Development Citizens Advisory Panel probably recall one of the conclusions of the Sustainable Development Study: larger lots disproportionately benefit water quality. Even under the extraordinarily rigorous standards of the last decade, the Wellington neighborhood met the standards for preserving large lots for the sake of their benefit to the Bear Creek salmon run. The most significant effect of rounding up comes at 1.51 acres. Creating two three-quarter-acre lots, in my opinion, does not preserve the environmental and woodland character values of the neighborhood. Combining those considerations, my conclusion was that it was in Woodinville's best interests to round down.
Gail November 06, 2012 at 06:33 PM
LOL, YOU are the one that interjected cityChord Randy - see above. I asked you to clarify your membership. As a citizen with clear subdividing interest I think you would appreciate this opportunity to clarify. Of course you are under no obligation to do so, but I think it would go a long way as a matter of respect to gaining credibility. In all your postings (and voluminous site) not a peep who's behind this "loosely knit group" - a secret membership. Very odd. Since permission was granted by the woodinvilleblog, this says you know who they were. I'd call that an 'affiliation'. As you know, Woodinvilleblog was a heavily censored, biased and not very nice political site. Any information you 'copied and edited' is suspect since we have no idea what you edited or the original poster. You might as well say: "Here's stuff I've created and edited in my favor". There are indeed 'ground rules' for acceptance, you just don't like them as I'm suggesting. Susan is going way beyond her responsibilities here.
Randy Koetje November 17, 2012 at 09:58 PM
CM Boundy-Sanders cites the Sustainable Development Study as one consideration for voting to round down, also stating that creating ¾ acre lots does not preserve certain aspects of neighborhood character. I find it interesting that this Study was referenced, since it is a very biased and inconsistent document. The City and CAP pushed for the results they wanted, the process was far from objective. But not all of the findings against sewers or development were gleaned from the report. For example, the study states that based on neighborhood character alone, most of the R1 has zoning consistencies of R2 and R4; states that if sewer service were provided to Lake Leota lots this would likely provide substantial benefits to lake water quality. The Study was conducted for the R1 zoned areas only and does not consider non-R1, therefore may be limiting for making citywide policy. One only needs to overlay the critical areas map with the city zoning map to see that most of the R4 areas (very close proximity to the Sammamish River) are encumbered with steep slopes, erosion and seismic areas, whereas most of the R1 is not. So if environmental and woodland character concerns are most important, these must be viewed at least from a citywide perspective. Based on that, and the restrictive nature of 532 to promote housing choice, I quite frankly do not agree with the reasoning and conclusions drawn by CM Boundy-Sanders.
Dale Knapinski November 18, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Randy, it would appear that the majority of Woodinville voters supported council candidates that would protect the R-1. It should come as no surprise that the council has done just what most residents wanted. Keeping residential development downtown where infrastructure is in place and city services are close at hand makes sense. We could use some additional building heights downtown to encourage development where we want to see it, but at least we are moving in the right direction. You are correct that there should be housing choices, and Woodinville citizens made their choice at the polls.
Dale Knapinski November 18, 2012 at 04:30 AM
With respect to sewers contributing to water quality near Lake Leota, I fail to see how increasing impervious surfaces with R-4 zoning would improve water quality. The existing septic systems are not the major cause of water quality issues at most lakes. Lawn chemicals, detergents, runoff from roads, removal of the tree canopy, and the lack of natural filtering in local wetlands and aquifers cause more damage to our lakes and streams than a properly functioning septic system would. Adding sewers alone might eliminate some pollution issues, but if sewers bring 4 times the number of homes, the benefit of sewers goes down the drain.


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