Washington State House Democrats


Kagi, Ryu bill to encourage cooperative planning for Point Wells development

OLYMPIA — To promote consistent, orderly urban development, state Reps. Ruth Kagi, D-Lake Forest Park, and Cindy Ryu, D-Shoreline, have introduced legislation to ensure that Snohomish County, the City of Shoreline and the Town of Woodway will work cooperatively in addressing the impact of development at Point Wells, an unincorporated area on the north side of the Snohomish-King County border.

Newly re-zoned for urban-center land use by Snohomish County, Point Wells currently is an industrial site that developers hope to transform into a mixed-use development with 3,000 housing units. Access to Point Wells, however, is limited to just one two-lane road, NW Richmond Beach Road/Richmond Beach Drive, that winds through Shoreline in King County. Many nearby residents, particularly those in the adjacent Richmond Beach neighborhood, are concerned that the scale of the development is too large and will adversely affect traffic and safety along the road.

“Funneling 3,000 new families through a small two-lane road presents many challenges. We can’t risk having an infrastructure that’s inadequate to support the whole community’s needs,” Kagi said. “This bill encourages cooperative development planning among local governments so that the scale of new development harmonizes with existing communities.”

House Bill 1265 would limit the residential density of Point Wells so that it does not exceed the density of the adjacent cities. It provides for an exception, however, if the county enters into an interlocal agreement with the adjacent cities that addresses mitigation for the impact on transportation and parks, and that outlines how government services will be provided.

The 32nd District legislators are hopeful the legislation will encourage a cooperative local agreement that works well for the citizens, developers and local governments.