Calendar

2016

Every week this calendar will be updated with many of the public meetings, hearings and events throughout Snohomish County that has to do with growth management, environmental protection sustainability as part of the Smart Growth Program.   Snohomish County and its cities all have a website to find out more about issues and meetings and how to be involved.  At the bottom of this calendar are the cities and counties websites, and a list of their council and  planning commission meeting dates.

SAVE THE DATE

Feast on the Farm, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30th at Craven Farm. Early participants include Chefs Roger Edyt of Roger's Riverview Bistro; Dana Daniel, Caterer; Anne Dottai of Grilla Bites; Cindy Sherwood of French Creek Manor. Early participating wineries:  Van Camp Cellars.  Other details TBA. Seeking chefs for the event.  If you or someone you know would like to be one of our guest chefs, using local ingredients for our guests, please contact Kristin Kelly at execdirector@pilchuckaudubon.org.

EVERETT STATION DISTRICT ALLIANCE (ESDA)

The Smart Growth Executive Director is one of 11 steering committee members on the ESDA, working on future redevelopment around the Everett Transit Station.  To find out more and to join visit our website at www.everettstationdistrict.com

SUSTAINABLE LANDS STRATEGY (SLS)

The SLS Executive Committee is an 8 member body representing fish and wildlife habitat restoration interests and agriculture.  The Smart Growth Executive Director is Secretary-Treasurer of SLS and co-chairs are Tristan Klesick of Klesick Family Farm and Terry Williams from the Tulalip Tribes.  The Executive Committee along with its convenors are working on net gains for both salmon and wildlife habitat restoration and farming in Snohomish County along the Stillaguamish and Skykomish-Snohomish River Basins and Estuaries.  For more information, visit our website at snohomishcountywa.gov/2194/Sustainable-Lands-Strategy,

BOTHELL PUBLIC MEETINGS AND HEARINGS FOR MARCH 2017

All meetings will be held in City Hall, 18415 - 101 Avenue NE, unless othewise indicated.

Community Open House, Friday April 28th from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.--The University of Washington Architecture Department Storefront Studio will hold a community open house to share their initial assessment of assets and objectives for their project to work with business and property owners in the historic downtown core on facade and other improvements.

EVERETT INVITES COMMENT ON STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

The City of Everett has developed a Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) to meet the requirements of the Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit.  Yearly updates are required.  The updated 2017 SWMP can be found on the city's website at everettwa.gov/SWMP or call 425-257-8800 to have a copy mailed to you.  There is no deadline for submitting comments or questions.  Address comments and questions to Heather Griffin by email at hgriffin@everettwa.gov or call 425-257-7206.

EVERETT CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The Council will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26th in the Council's Chambers.  Their agenda includes a second reading of a proposed ordinance that would amend the Zoning Regulations for Accessory Dwelling Units.

LYNNWOOD PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

The Commissioners will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 27th in the Council's Chambers at City Hall, 19100 - 44th Avenue West.  Their agenda includes a work session on the 2017 Comprehensive Plan Amendment List.

MONROE PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

The Commissioners will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 24th in the Council's Chambers, 806 West Main Street.  Their agenda includes a publi hearing on Transportation Impact Fee Amendments, and then presentations and discussions regarding the Downtown Commercial Zoning Text Amendments, Interim Zoning Amendments for Marijuana Related Uses, and the Unified Development Regulations.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY COUNCIL MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

All meetings and hearings will be held in the County Council Chambers in the 8th Floor of the County Administration Building, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue in Everett, unless otherwise noted in announcements. 

SNOHOMISH COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

The Commissioners will meets at 5:30 p.m. every fourth Tuesday of the month in the First Floor of the County Administration Building, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett.  For more information, click on snohomishcountywa.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/03222016-977

SNOHOMISH COUNTY AG ADVISORY BOARD MEETINGS

The Ag Board meets the second Tuesday of each month from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the County Council Chambers, 8th Floor of the County Administration Building in Everett, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, unless otherwise indicated.

CONTACTS FOR CITIES 

Snohomish County:   snoco.org

Arlington:  arlingtonwa.gov

Bothell:  ci.bothell.wa.us

Brier:  ci.brier.wa.us

Darrington:  town.darrington.wa.us

Edmonds:  edmondswa.gove

Everett:  everettwa.gov

Gold Bar:  cityofgoldbar.us

Granite Falls:  ci.granite-falls.wa.us

Index:  No website

Lake Stevens:  ci.lake-stevens.wa.us

Lynnwood:  ci.lynnwood.wa.uws

Marysville:  marysvillewa.gov

Mill Creek:  cityofmillcreek.com

Monroe:  monroewa.gov

Mountlake Terrace:  cityofmlt.com

Mukilteo:  mukilteowa.gov

Snohomish:  ci.snohomish.wa.us

Stanwood:  ci.sultan.wa.us

Sultan:  ci.sultan.wa.us

Woodway:  townofwoodway.com

SOUND TRANSIT 3 UPDATES

July 11, 2016

ST3 plan would cost typical adult $169 annually or $14 per mon

Sound Transit provides Expert Review Panel with updated calculation of costs for additional car tab, sales and property taxes

Sound Transit today released an updated and more precise calculation of the taxes residents would pay if the Sound Transit 3 ballot measure is approved in November.

In its June 20, 2016 letter, the ST3 Expert Review Panel (ERP) appointed by the state of Washington suggested that the typical cost per household be updated to reflect the most current data. The more accurate new calculation indicates ST3 would cost the typical adult in the Sound Transit District an additional $169 annually, $34 or 17 percent less than the $203 previously estimated.

Under the updated and more precise methodology addressed in the attached memo, the calculations for all three of the new taxes that regional voters will consider now use median values, or the amounts at which 50 percent of people would pay more and 50 percent would pay less. Previously, the calculation for the motor vehicle excise tax (MVET) used average vehicle values based on the information that was readily available in early 2015. Using a median value cancels the disproportionate impact of the relatively small number of people that own very expensive vehicles. For example, the 1 percent of vehicles in the district with values over $52,000 and 10 percent with values over $27,000 are dramatically higher than the median value of $5,333.

For both the MVET and property taxes, the new calculation is now a reflection of the typical adult who lives within the precise boundaries of the Sound Transit District as opposed to the three-county area.

The ST3 Plan would build 62 additional miles of light rail and 37 new stations to form a 116-mile regional system, as well as bus rapid transit, commuter rail and other regional transit investments to get people out of traffic as the region's population keeps growing. The plan's $53.8 billion in investments would be enabled by new taxes including: (1) a sales tax of 0.5 percent ($.50 on a $100 purchase); (2) a MVET of 0.8 percent ($80 annually per $10,000 of vehicle value); and (3) a property tax of 25 cents for each $1,000 of assessed valuation ($100 annually for a $400,000 home). Sound Transit will develop an online calculator through which residents can input information to calculate individualized annual cost estimates.

Here's how much a typical adult would pay if ST3 is approved:

  • MVET: An adult owning the median value motor vehicle would pay an additional $43 per year in MVET if ST3 were passed. The updated calculation reflects an annual median value $5,333 of vehicles in the Sound Transit District. MVET taxes are determined by a state of Washington depreciation schedule for a specific vehicle's model and production year. The previous calculation relied on a less representative average vehicle value of $10,135 for the more expansive tri-county area, for a significantly higher annual cost of $78 per adult.
  • Property tax: An adult with the median home value would pay an additional $47 per year in property tax if ST3 were passed. The updated calculation is based on a median $360,658 assessed value for the Sound Transit District, and 1.93 adults per household. This calculation uses actual median assessed home values for 2015 which are inflated by 9.6 percent to estimate what people would pay in 2017 following the passage of ST3.This more precise data, based on what taxpayers actually pay, was not available at the time of the original calculation.  Instead, the earlier calculation used less precise Zillow home values in the entire Snohomish, King and Pierce county areas to generate an estimate of additional property tax per adult that was coincidentally also $47 per year for an assumed median market value of $360,776.
  • Sales tax: An adult at the median income level would pay an additional $79 per year in sales and use taxes if ST3 were passed. This is based on an updated median household income level of $73,359 according to 2015 data from the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM) for Snohomish, King and Pierce counties, and 1.93 adults per household. The OFM-estimated amount that a household of that income level pays in sales taxes was then adjusted to an estimate for 2017 by adding two years of inflation at approximately 2.25 percent annually.The previous calculation was based on the older OFM 2013 median income level of $67,032, which was inflated to a $78 estimated additional cost for 2017 by adding four years of inflation. The fact there was not much change in the estimated sales tax cost under the updated calculation reflects that the earlier inflation assumptions were fairly accurate.

The ST3 Plan would construct light rail further north to Everett, further south to Federal Way and Tacoma, and further east to downtown Redmond. Extensions would connect West Seattle and Ballard to the system, in addition to a new line in East King County linking South Kirkland, Bellevue and Issaquah.

ST3 would also establish bus rapid transit service on I-405 from Lynnwood to Burien and on SR 522, with faster buses running every 10 minutes during peak commute hours. The plan would expand the capacity of fast-growing Sounder south commuter rail service linking Seattle, Tukwila, Kent, Auburn, Sumner, Puyallup, Tacoma and Lakewood, with extension of the line to reach Joint Base Lewis-McChord and DuPont. Parking and other investments would expand access about both south line and north line Sounder stations. The Tacoma Link light rail line would extend from Hilltop to Tacoma Community College.

 

Among a number of other projects in the plan, early investments would include speeding up existing bus routes by enabling them to run on the shoulders of freeways where possible. Details of the plan are available at soundtransit3.org, including an interactive map.

June 27, 2016

BOARD SENDS FINAL SOUND TRANSIT 3 PLAN TO NOVEMBER BALLOT

Over the course of the past 3-1/2 years, residents of the Puget Sound region have provided input on options for future regional transit investments. This update is to let you know that yesterday the Sound Transit Board adopted a Sound Transit 3 Plan that voters will consider in November. Below is the news release on the Board's action.

Sound Transit 3 includes light rail to Everett, Tacoma, downtown Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah, Ballard and West Seattle; bus rapid transit on I-405; Sounder south expansions.

The Sound Transit Board today capped 3-1/2 years of discussion and public input by unanimously voting to send voters a final Sound Transit 3 ballot measure for consideration in November. The plan’s proposals include completion of a regional light rail network as the area’s population grows an estimated 800,000 by 2040.

The ST3 plan would build a total of 62 miles of light rail with stations serving 37 additional areas. Improvements introduced following public comment on a draft plan in April would speed up most of the extensions by two to five years.

Light rail to Everett via Paine Field would open five years earlier than the draft plan released by the Board in March. Extensions to downtown Redmond and Federal Way would be completed four years sooner, while the Ballard, West Seattle and Tacoma extensions would open three years sooner. The agency would work with partners to further improve timelines where feasible.

If approved by voters in November, ST3 would also build light rail between South Kirkland, Bellevue and Issaquah, while expediting the establishment of bus rapid transit service on I-405 from Lynnwood to Burien and on SR 522, with faster buses running every 10 minutes during peak commute hours. The plan would expand the capacity of fast-growing Sounder commuter rail service linking Seattle, Tukwila, Kent, Auburn, Sumner, Puyallup, Tacoma and Lakewood, with extension of the line to reach Joint Base Lewis-McChord and DuPont. The Tacoma Link light rail line would extend from Hilltop to Tacoma Community College.

Among a number of other projects in the plan, early investments would include speeding up existing bus routes by enabling them to run on the shoulders of freeways where possible. Details of the plan are available at soundtransit3.org, including an interactive map. The detailed plan documents adopted by the Board today will soon be added to the documents library after amendments have been incorporated.

The ST3 Plan’s $53.8 billion in investments would be funded through new voter-approved sales, MVET and property taxes, with estimated additional $200 annual or $17 monthly costs for a typical adult in the Sound Transit District.

The plan adopted today proposes to replace bus routes with rail and faster and more frequent bus rapid transit services to improve travel for riders, particularly during peak-hour commutes.

If implemented, the ST3 Plan is projected to up to quintuple Sound Transit ridership from what it is today, increasing it from approximately 145,000 each weekday to between 561,000 and 695,000 daily riders in 2040. With ST3, the share of all transit travel in the region on Sound Transit rail lines will grow from 17 percent today to 69 percent in 2040. This means more than four times as much transit travel will occur on vehicles that don’t get stuck in traffic.

Today, Sound Transit’s express buses rely heavily on regional HOV lanes that are experiencing deteriorating performance. Between 2012 and 2014 alone, the Washington State Department of Transportation reported major deterioration of HOV lane travel times:

I-5 Everett to Seattle: weekday morning average HOV travel time increased 22 percent to 45 minutes. Reliable* HOV travel time increased 17 percent to 74 minutes.

I-5 Federal Way to Seattle: weekday morning average HOV lane travel time increased 18 percent to 39 minutes. Reliable* HOV travel time increased 20 percent to 55 minutes.

I-405 Lynnwood to Bellevue: weekday morning average HOV lane travel time increased 23 percent to 27 minutes. Reliable* HOV lane travel time increased 30 percent to 39 minutes.

I-405 Tukwila to Bellevue: weekday morning average HOV lane travel time increased 38 percent to 22 minutes. Reliable* HOV lane travel time increased 65 percent to 33 minutes.

* Defined as the time allowance required to arrive on time 19 out of 20 times.

The final ST3 Plan is based on extensive public input. An online survey generated nearly 35,000 responses and more than 1,200 people attended seven open houses held across the region. The agency received a total of 2,320 written comments from individuals and more than 90 letters from jurisdictions and organizations. By far the most frequent theme was interest in completing projects more quickly.

In a phone survey that Sound Transit conducted in April, 65 percent of respondents stated they strongly (30 percent) or somewhat (36 percent) supported the ST3 draft package in a question that described the associated tax increases. Following a question describing the plan’s previously proposed project timelines, 59 percent of respondents strongly (24 percent) or somewhat (35 percent) supported the draft package. The soundtransit3.org website includes a presentation summarizing the public input and phone survey.

Learn more about the ST3 Plan and see the interactive map by visiting the soundtransit3.org website.

Questions? Call 206-903-7000. Email soundtransit3@soundtransit.org.

Faster delivery timeline for light rail

Thank you to everyone who participated in the ST3 Draft Plan comment period. Nearly 35,000 completed surveys and 2,300 written comments were submitted. Survey results are available on our website in addition to all public comments, stakeholder organization letters, and more.

By far the loudest message from the public was to speed up light rail extensions. In response, Sound Transit Board members today outlined proposed changes to the ST3 Draft Plan that would complete most of the light rail extensions two to five years sooner.

Under proposed changes, the ST3 plan slated for voter consideration in November would add 62 miles of light rail with stations serving 37 additional areas.

Proposed improvements to light rail timelines outlined at today’s meeting include:

Everett via the Southwest Everett Industrial Center would open 5 years sooner, in 2036

Downtown Redmond would open 4 years sooner, in 2024, only one year following the completion of the voter-approved East Link light rail extension

Federal Way would open 4 years sooner, in 2024

Tacoma would open 3 years sooner, in 2030

West Seattle would open 3 years sooner, in 2030

Seattle’s Ballard extension would open 3 years sooner, in 2035

The Tacoma Link extension to Tacoma Community College would open 2 years sooner in 2039

New light rail stations at Seattle’s Graham Street and Tukwila’s Boeing Access Road would open 5 years sooner, in 2031

The Board also discussed a number of significant new projects and refinements for construction as the region’s population grows by nearly a million residents by 2040. Learn more about proposed project and timeline updates here.

Next steps

The proposed updated projects and timelines are scheduled to be voted on by the Sound Transit Board at a special meeting on June 2. The completed language of the plan is scheduled for final adoption on June 23 to meet election submission deadlines. Watch soundtransit3.org as the plan takes shape.

Questions? Call 206-903-7000

May 26, 2016

Proposed ST3 Draft Plan changes would speed up major projects in response to overwhelming emphasis of public comments

Sound Transit Board members today outlined proposed changes to the Sound Transit 3 Draft Plan, with emphasis on completing light rail extensions sooner.

“Across the region we heard vocal support for completing projects sooner,” said Sound Transit Board Chair and King County Executive Dow Constantine. “Speeding up these light rail expansions will give riders earlier relief from our region’s ever-worsening congestion.”

Under proposed changes, the ST3 plan slated for voter consideration in November would build a total of 62 miles of light rail with stations serving 37 additional areas. Improvements outlined at today’s meeting would speed up most of the extensions by two to five years.

Light rail to Everett via Paine Field would open five years earlier than previously stated. Extensions to downtown Redmond and Federal Way would be completed four years sooner, while the Ballard, West Seattle and Tacoma extensions would open three years sooner. During the delivery of projects the agency would work with partners to further improve timelines where feasible.

“I am in full support of the revised Sound Transit 3 Plan and believe it is very good for Snohomish County and the region,” said Sound Transit Boardmember and Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers. “As presented, Link light rail will follow our preferred route, hitting Paine Field on the way to the Everett Station District. While we would all like to have light rail reach Everett tomorrow, that is not realistic. These large construction projects do take time. We need to ensure that Snohomish County is not left out of our region’s mass transit system, since the consequences of that to our economy could be devastating. With this plan, the vision of Sound Transit and the region can be realized: we connect population centers to job centers and make the spine a priority.”

“These amendments accomplish the longtime goal of a truly regional light rail system faster than we thought we could, reaching Tacoma three years earlier while extending Tacoma Link to Tacoma Community College two years earlier,” said Sound Transit Boardmember and Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “Our changes also include increasing investment in Sounder, which we heard today has seen ridership increases over the past year. The plan extends platforms to accommodate two more cars, provides funding for track capacity expansions for adding trains and extends service to Tillicum and DuPont, with additional parking in DuPont. These and other investments will help Pierce County thrive as our population keeps growing.”

Details of the proposed changes to the ST3 Plan are available at soundtransit3.org. Board members proposed a number of significant new projects and refinements that would be constructed as the region’s population grows by nearly a million residents by 2040. Seattle’s light rail extension to Ballard would be completely grade separated on 15th Avenue. A new light rail line between Issaquah and Bellevue would extend further to reach south Kirkland. Expanded Sounder commuter rail capital investments in South King County and Pierce County would increase system capacity, enhance service, and extend the line to Tillicum and DuPont.

Changes would expand early projects slated for completion within the first eight years, including improvements to Bus Rapid Transit on I-405 between Lynnwood and Burien with added facilities in Kirkland and Renton. A new station at 130th Street in Seattle would move from provisional to fully-funded status.

The Sound Transit Board is scheduled to vote on proposed updated projects and timelines at a special meeting June 2. The Board is scheduled to adopt completed language of the plan on June 23 to meet election submission deadlines.

The improved timelines and added projects are primarily enabled by refinements including adjusting the financing plan for the ST3 measure to modestly increase the issuance of bonds, improving the region’s financial capacity by approximately 8 percent or $4 billion.  The $54 billion in investments would be funded through new voter-approved sales, MVET and property taxes. The improved timelines and added projects would not change the measure’s estimated additional $200 annual or $17 monthly costs for a typical adult in the Sound Transit District.

The two major factors influencing project timelines are the time it takes to generate sufficient revenues through taxes, bonding and grants; and the time it takes to plan and build projects, including intensive work with local jurisdictions and other partners. Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff today updated the Board on options the agency will pursue to reduce the time required to plan, permit and construct major projects, with emphasis on working with local jurisdictions to speed up project development.

“The actions this week by the Snohomish, Everett and Lynnwood councils pledging to work with Sound Transit to speed up the process is precisely the kind of partnership we need to get commuters out of traffic sooner,” Rogoff said.

Over the course of the public input period on the ST3 Draft Plan that wrapped up earlier this month, Sound Transit heard strong continuing support for mass transit extensions. An online survey generated nearly 35,000 responses and more than 1,200 people attended seven open houses held across the region. The agency received a total of 2,320 written comments from individuals and more than 90 letters from jurisdictions and organizations. By far the most frequent theme was interest in completing projects more quickly.

In a phone survey that Sound Transit conducted last month, 65 percent of respondents stated they strongly (30 percent) or somewhat (36 percent) supported the ST3 draft package in a question that described the associated tax increases. Following a question describing the plan’s previously proposed project timelines, 59 percent of respondents strongly (24 percent) or somewhat (35 percent) supported the draft package. The soundtransit3.org website includes a presentation summarizing the public input and phone survey. 

LIGHT LINK RAIL UPDATES

President's budget includes first installment of potential grant for Lynnwood Link light rail extension

FTA proposes up to $1.1 billion grant to help commuters bypass rising gridlock on I-5. The proposed FY 2017 Budget released today by President Barack Obama includes the first $125 million installment of a potential $1.1 billion federal grant for the Sound Transit Lynnwood Link light rail extension.

The Federal Transit Administration also approved moving forward with final engineering work on the extension and gave the project its second-highest possible rating under its competitive grant process. Sound Transit is seeking up to a $1.1 billion grant through the FTA New Starts program.

“Thanks to President Obama including funding in his transportation package for Lynnwood Link, we are an important step closer to offering a 28-minute ride from Lynnwood to downtown Seattle, regardless of traffic or weather,” said Sound Transit Chair and King County Executive Dow Constantine. “I appreciate the President, Sen. Patty Murray and other members of our congressional delegation for demonstrating the leadership needed to fund regional transit.”

“The President has consistently recognized the importance of local transportation investments, and I am very pleased that this year’s budget is no different with the inclusion of the Lynnwood light rail extension,” U.S. Sen. Patty Murray said. “This is great news for Snohomish County, and would help relieve some of the worst traffic congestion in the Puget Sound region. I’m proud to fight year after year for long-term infrastructure investments that connect our communities and create good-paying jobs, and will keep fighting for these investments in Congress.”

Federal partnerships are key to delivering the regional high capacity transit system and the FTA New Starts program has been a significant source of funding for light rail. The proposed New Starts grant for Lynnwood Link would be the third light rail project in Seattle to partner with the FTA for a New Starts grant.

The Central Link light rail line that opened in 2009 included $500 million in New Starts funding and the University Link extension opening March 19th includes $813 million in New Starts funding.The President’s budget proposal is subject to congressional approval. As final engineering work advances, Sound Transit will continue to work toward FTA approval and execution of the grant in 2017.

Last year the Sound Transit Board selected the final alignment and station locations for the line. Trains will run along the I-5 corridor from Northgate to Lynnwood with four new stations at Northeast 145th Street, Northeast 185th Street, the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center at 236th Street Southwest and at the Lynnwood Transit Center. New parking structures at 145th, 185th, and Lynnwood Transit Center will add approximately 1500 park and ride spaces within the I-5 corridor as part of the project. The extension is scheduled to open in 2023.  A trip from Lynnwood to downtown Seattle will take 28 minutes and the extension is expected to carry up to 74,000 riders each weekday by 2035.

“Lynnwood Link will be an amazing new option for those commuting into and out of Snohomish County,” said Sound Transit Board Vice Chair and Everett City Council Member Paul Roberts. “And it gets light rail one step closer to Everett, which we look forward to as part of the Sound Transit 3 vote this November.”

For more information on the project see: www.soundtransit.org/LLE

Last year the Board also directed staff to plan for potential future stations at Northeast 130th Street in Seattle and 220th Street Southwest in Mountlake Terrace. The light rail tracks in those areas will be built to accommodate construction of future boarding platforms in a way that would not severely impact service. Cost estimates for the 8.5-mile long project range from $1.5 to $1.7 billion. The project will also pay for 34 new light rail vehicles and fund a portion of a new light rail maintenance facility, bringing the total project cost to approximately $2.3 billion. A final budget will be established in 2017 with construction scheduled to begin in 2018. Lynnwood Link is the northernmost of the more than 30 miles of Sound Transit 2 light rail extensions approved by voters in 2008. By 2023, Sound Transit is also scheduled to open an eastward extension to Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond’s Overlake area, and a southward extension to the Kent/DesMoines area. By 2030, Link is expected to carry more than 280,000 riders each weekday.