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Planning and Community Development

Construction under way on Shadowood development

SNOHOMISH — A Puyallup developer has opened a model home and started construction on 24 other houses in the planned Shadowood development.In all, RM Homes plans to build 82 homes in the development near the intersection of Bickford Avenue and Weaver Road.

Date: 11/06/2015 | Business

Monroe negotiating with developer over wakeboarding, waterskiing park

MONROE — The city is negotiating with a developer who owes $22,566 in overdue rent for space to build a wakeboarding and waterskiing park at Lake Tye.The City Council voted 6 to 1 on Tuesday to...

Date: 09/18/2015 | Local News

$6.6 million from feds to buy properties destroyed by Oso slide

EVERETT — Families whose homes and land were destroyed in the Oso mudslide got some encouraging news Wednesday with the announcement that federal authorities had awarded Snohomish County $6.6 million for buyouts.

Date: 06/24/2015 | Local News

County Council likely to extend the slide-zone building moratorium

EVERETT — When elected leaders passed an emergency building ban in areas around the Oso mudslide, they bought time to draft new rules for construction near steep, potentially dangerous slopes anywhere in...

Date: 06/18/2015 | Local News

Growth puts Snohomish County planners in tough spot

EVERETT — Snohomish County expects to grow by more than 200,000 people in the next couple of decades.Lawmakers are planning for the population surge.Specifically, they're trying to determine whether the community would be better off encouraging more growth...

Date: 05/16/2015 | Local News

County’s larger cities best for growth

For those who lived in Snohomish County before 1990, you remember it as being very different. The way we've planned and built our community over the last 20 years has led to traffic gridlock on our roads and strip malls on our farmlands. It doesn't have to be this way.In the...

Date: 05/03/2015 | Commentary

Proposed subdivision near landfill on hold for more study

EVERETT — A housing development proposed next to a former landfill where subterranean fires ran rampant in the 1980s will need more attention from Snohomish County planners before gaining approval.

Date: 04/16/2015 | Local News

Arlington’ challenge: Keeping that small town feel while bracing for growth

ARLINGTON — Plans for the future here include expanding growth boundaries, partnering with Marysville to entice industry and keeping a small town feel while bracing for growth.

Date: 04/07/2015 | Local News

Transportation planning crucial to meet county growth

The Snohomish County Council has begun its work on adopting a new Comprehensive Plan. This plan is updated every ten years and it sets the direction for population and job growth in the county over a 20-year time frame. The decisions made by the county then trickle down to the cities...

Date: 01/31/2015 | Commentary

Ruling on motocross project outlines necessary protections

It might not be everyone's idea of a nice day in the forest, but that's where the "multiple" in "multiple use" comes in.A Snohomish County hearing examiner, following a second review of plans for a motocross facility along the Mountain Loop Highway,...

Date: 01/05/2015 | Editorials

Why the surprise over courthouse parking?

The Everett City Council last week essentially put a stop-work order on Snohomish County's plans to build a new courthouse because of a lack of adequate parking, a move that reportedly surprised county officials.The city's new rules for downtown parking would require about...

Date: 12/30/2014 | Editorials

County planners suggest changing pot rules

EVERETT — After discussing rules for local marijuana businesses for nearly four hours Wednesday evening, the Snohomish County Planning Commission decided to recommended a revision of existing regulations...

Date: 12/19/2014 | Local News

County hearing Tuesday on ways to regulate marijuana

EVERETT — Marijuana-enterprise owners are expected to plead for their businesses at a public hearing before the Snohomish County Planning Commission on Tuesday.Neighbors who oppose pot...

Date: 12/15/2014 | Local News

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