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Futurewise Delivers More Than 300 Signatures in Support of Local Farms

Non-profit is leading the charge against expansion of the urban growth boundary.

Last Friday, Futurewise, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving local farms, delivered petitions containing over 370 signatures to the King County Growth Management Planning Council as part of the organization's fight against the expansion of Woodinville's urban growth boundary.

The King County Growth Management Planning Council is expected to make a decision on whether or not to recommend expanding the boundary at their upcoming Sep. 11 meeting. Any recommendation would then be taken to the King County Council.

Brock Howell, King County Program Director for Futurewise, was pleased with the community's show of support for their petition drive.

"It was a really overwhelming positive response," Howell said. "We think it's pretty clear that Woodinville residents support protecting their farms."

Howell said that the Growth Management Planning Council's upcoming vote could be very close but believes they will ultimately side with Futurewise and their supporters.

"We're pretty hopeful that we'll be able to protect Woodinville's farms," Howell said.

Jon Samlin August 31, 2012 at 05:46 AM
There is no way 17 parcels along a stretch of road that long will cover costs. Frontage rights? Oh Boy! That road needs to be torn down regraded and expanded to at least 3 lanes. Costs would be astronomical to the city or the county who I state again have NO MONEY. What about need? There is none. This is nothing but a cheap land grab driven by DeYoung and Windermere Real Estate! What an embarassment to a lovely city that is finally turning itself around. Talking about cooking the Golden Goose so just a few people can profit and then walk away.
Ron Olson August 31, 2012 at 02:07 PM
One thing at a time..."Frontage" includes only the property along the road that is adjacent to the property being developed. The 17 properties comprise a section just north of the roundabout and just south of NE 171st Street, but nothing in between. The most that would be done for road improvements would be sidewalks along the road for a very short section along 140th/148th. The "Dedication" just means a little piece of property along the road is set aside for possible future road improvements. But since there is a huge gap between the north and south potential annex areas, the dedication is useless with respect to making any real road improvements that would enhance safety or improve traffic flow. Development of the 17 lots would increase traffic, increase the potential for additional drunk drivers on our roads, and would ruin the valley, and King County will never do road improvements for the benefit of Woodinville businesses. All Woodinville taxpayers would get is another 8 years of vacancy for the Woodinville Wine Village, which cost them millions of dollars.....
Jon Samlin August 31, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Edwin I couldn't agree with you more on this. Your comments are right on. One point though. I believe the fields are priced right along with all the others in the area. We just seem to have a surplus of fields not the picture of dire need that some individuals painted or continue to paint now for the Wellington Golf Course. Also you see these same individuals (realtors and guiding family - ha ha) ready to steal $5,000,000 of our money to fix up the old school that still has no business plan. I remember Liz Aspen's last comments before the Rec Center went to the YMCA. She said they needed more time to develop a business plan. They spent $6 million dollars without a business plan and are about to do it again on the building next door. Amazing.
Braunzie September 01, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Again, the developer (if there is one) will pay for infrastructure improvements along their frontage. That was a lesson learned. Ron is correct in that the developer would not be reponsible for road improvement not in front of their proerty.
Ron Olson October 19, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Futurewise is not invited to the 10/24/2012 meeting between the King County Executive and Woodinville, even though UGB adjustments will be discussed. Woodinville wanted a private meeting with selected guests so that Dow would only hear one side of the annexation story.

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