Appeal for Stanwood mental health center dismissed

The project now heads to a three-day permit hearing on Jan. 24, 25 and 26.

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STANWOOD — Snohomish County has dismissed an appeal over a proposal for a mental health treatment center near Stanwood, clearing another hurdle for the proposed facility with up to 32 beds for involuntary treatment.

The appeal was filed on Oct. 3 after the county issued a determination of nonsignificance under the State Environmental Policy Act.

Appeal filer Kathleen Richardson alleged the county’s environmental review was deficient due to issues stemming from a boundary line adjustment.

The county moved to dismiss the appeal, writing Richardson failed to identify or prove “any probable significant adverse environmental impacts.” The Tulalip Tribes, the project’s applicant, supported dismissing the appeal.

On Dec. 21, the county Hearing Examiner issued an order granting the motions to dismiss. The appeal was dismissed with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled.

The project now heads to a permit hearing in January before the county hearing examiner. The hearing was originally scheduled for October and postponed due to the appeal.

If the permit goes through, construction could get underway as soon as 2024.

The three-day hearing is set for Jan. 24, 25 and 26, with the hearing starting at 9 a.m. each day. The hearing will take place in-person at county offices, 3000 Rockefeller Ave. in Everett, and online via Zoom.

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