Land Use Planning
Neighbors band together to fight construction of 112 homes
Date: 11/28/2015 | Local News
The question of how to create more affordable housing has been a hotly debated topic this year, especially in the city of Seattle with the release last summer of the Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee's recommendations.This is a critical discussion and I...
Date: 11/08/2015 | Commentary
I read on Heraldnet.com that the I-5 and I-405 commutes to Seattle and Bellevue have become untenable: More than an hour and a half for one and over an hour for the other. That means for an eight-hour workday in...
Date: 11/07/2015 | Commentary
A recent decision by the state Supreme Court could now provide some cover for public officials looking to conceal the more controversial parts of the sausage making they do as members of city and county councils, school boards, fire district...
Date: 11/06/2015 | Editorials
MILL CREEK — Neighbors here are fighting a proposed housing development set to be built just south of the city limits.Kirkland-based Westcott Homes wants to build 149 townhouses on...
Date: 10/30/2015 | Local News
During the last 10 years, Lake Stevens has been a city built by annexations, growing from about 7,400 residents before 2006 to its current population of 30,000 with the annexations of North Lake, Frontier Village, Soper Hill and areas southwest of the city.Even though the...
Date: 10/27/2015 | Editorials
SNOHOMISH — The local fire district is looking to sell nearly 5 acres of land.Snohomish County Fire District 4 in Snohomish has owned the property along Old Snohomish Monroe Road for more than a decade, Chief Ron Simmons said.
Date: 09/17/2015 | Local News
MUKILTEO — Neighbors who are concerned about a 112-home development on steep terrain above Picnic Point Road plan to meet for a discussion Sunday afternoon.
Date: 09/16/2015 | Local News
I can't believe all this talk about a lack of parking in downtown Everett and who is responsible for it. This is getting a little old. First of all, I am not in favor of going ahead with a new courthouse that has more than doubled in price in two years all before a hole is even dug.
Date: 08/08/2015 | Commentary
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The State Land Board is scheduled to vote on a plan to find an unusual buyer for the Elliott State Forest: one that will pay a fair market price, conserve older trees, protect threatened fish and wildlife, produce logs for local mills, and leave it open to the public.
Date: 08/07/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — Police detectives have found no evidence to support claims that Deputy Snohomish County Executive Mark Ericks illegally pressured planning staff to approve permits for developers.
Date: 07/07/2015 | Local News
Welcome to beautiful Snohomish County, the fastest-growing part of Washington state.You've probably noticed the extra traffic on the way to work or the portable classrooms outside schools. And it's impossible to miss all those new neighborhoods sprouting up in — and...
Date: 07/03/2015 | Local News
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
Geologic processes have destroyed not just cities, but civilizations. In the Pacific Northwest, we are cognizant of the dangers of geologic processes such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.Landslides are an omnipresent geologic process of our neighborhood. However,...
Date: 06/21/2015 | Commentary
GRANGEVILLE, Idaho — An Idaho official is trying to garner support from counties in western states to legally challenge the government’s ownership of public lands.
Date: 06/16/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council adopted a plan Wednesday that favors more population growth in Everett over the next 20...
Date: 06/11/2015 | Local News
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
Viewpoints: Lidar mapping can reveal threats, direct decisions
Date: 04/26/2015 | Commentary
New York and San Francisco are expensive places to live. That's a big problem for the nation because these cities are centers for the booming knowledge economy. High housing costs discourage this growth.So sayeth The Economist, its trademark voice of reason spiked with...
Date: 04/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists
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
CARSON CITY, Nev. — When rancher Cliven Bundy arrived at the Nevada Capitol with hundreds of supporters recently to urge legislators to pass a bill demanding state control of federally owned lands within Nevada’s borders, it renewed a fight over grazing rights that turned into an armed standoff...
Date: 04/05/2015 | Northwest
Throughout what is now known as the "courthouse mess," the city of Everett has complained that the things Snohomish County officials were or weren't doing regarding parking spaces and redevelopment plans as part of a courthouse deal, came as "a surprise" to the...
Date: 03/15/2015 | Editorials
EVERETT — A long-awaited decision about building a complex of motocross racetracks northeast of Granite Falls will have to wait a little longer.Dozens of people from the off-road motorcycle community filled
Date: 02/19/2015 | Local News
BOISE, Idaho — A legislative panel is urging Idaho lawmakers to pursue a collaborative approach while seeking to assume control of federally managed public land.
Date: 01/31/2015 | Northwest
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
BOISE, Idaho — Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Risch derailed a 2010 wilderness bill but says he’s working now with U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson on a scaled-down version as others attempt to persuade President Barack Obama to designate a central Idaho area a national monument.
Date: 01/26/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — The Port of Everett has proposed significant changes to its Waterfront Place development that it believes will make it a much more attractive neighborhood.Waterfront Place is the current name of a...
Date: 01/15/2015 | Business
EVERETT — As some neighbors see it, the former Go-East landfill is a Pandora's Box of unknown contaminants that could be unleashed by a proposed housing development.For the owner and would-be...
Date: 12/26/2014 | Local News
EVERETT — The Everett City Council passed an emergency ordinance Wednesday that blocks construction of Snohomish County’s future downtown courthouse...
Date: 12/25/2014 | Local News
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
EVERETT — After a three-hour public hearing Tuesday evening, the Snohomish County Planning Commission decided to continue discussing* the input from marijuana-enterprise owners and neighbors who oppose pot operations.The commission will meet...
Date: 12/17/2014 | Local News
Report offers ideas for dealing with disasters
Date: 12/15/2014 | Local News
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
BOISE, Idaho — Taking control of federal public lands in Idaho could cost the state $111 million a year, a new report shows.
Date: 12/08/2014 | Northwest
EVERETT — This past weekend was crunch time for members of an expert panel tasked with making safety recommendations after the Oso mudslide.The
Date: 12/01/2014 | Local News