Showdown today in sprawl brawl

  • Jerry Cornfield
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2008 10:33am
  • Local News

Developer Dave Barnett has battled Snohomish County Council Chairman Dave Somers online and through the mail.

Today the fight continues in the County Council chambers.

This morning, at 10:30, the Snohomish County Council will hold a public hearing to consider Somers’ proposal for a 14-month ban on “accepting, processing or reviewing” applications for fully contained communities.

Barnett wants to build one near Lake Roesiger.

Somers also wants county planners to stop processing and reviewing any applications already received for these so-called mini-cities. The ban is proposed to last until Dec. 31, 2009.

You can read the proposal here.

Barnett’s campaign against Somers has included sending mailers into the lawmaker’s district. Both men set up Web sites using the same name – Keep Snohomish County Affordable – Barnett’s is and Somers’ is

Barnett and Somers did meet in Everett last month. In that session, Somers and aide Eric Parks claim Barnett said he would spend up to $2.5 million to unseat Somers in the 2009 election.

Should Somers lose, he would be out of office at the end of 2009 – coincidentally the same time the moratorium is proposed to end.

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