Developer plans to build about 190 houses in Lake Stevens

The Rhodora annexation was controversial and fought by neighbors. The land is along 123rd Avenue SE.

LAKE STEVENS — A developer plans to build about 190 houses on a piece of newly-annexed land near the southeast corner of Lake Stevens.

The roughly 27-acre parcel along 123rd Avenue SE borders parts of unincorporated Snohomish County. While those areas are rural, housing developments are on the south and west sides of the plat.

The land was annexed into the city earlier this year despite neighbors’ efforts to stop it from happening.

The proposed project is still in the early stages, and no construction timeline has been set. The city doesn’t expect to see building permit applications before next summer. Lake Stevens Mountain View, LLC is the developer.

“We’re still in the first phase of the plan,” said Dillon Roth, an associate planner for the city.

Outlines show new roads throughout the development that would connect with 121st Avenue SE, now a dead-end in a different neighborhood. The main entrance would be on 123rd Street.

Open areas on the site could provide room for a playground. There also are wetland areas.

Each proposed plot is between 3,600 and 8,000 square feet, though it’s not clear yet how big each house would be.

“Most of what we see are three or four bedroom homes, but we don’t have a design yet for these homes,” said Russ Wright, the city’s community development director.

The proposed development, at 910 123rd Ave. SE, is in an area that was added to city limits earlier this year, known as the Rhodora annexation. Some who lived in the area had tried to stop the land from becoming part of Lake Stevens.

A 2010 homeowner’s agreement included an “intent to annex” clause. Because of that, Mayor John Spencer was allowed to sign a petition to annex for those who live there. Of 80 signatures, 29 were his.

About a year ago, the state Boundary Review Board said the 108 acres could be incorporated into Lake Stevens. Neighbors appealed the decision weeks later in Snohomish County Superior Court, but the motion was dismissed.

A public hearing on the proposed development is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at the fire district conference center, 10518 18th St. SE.

Stephanie Davey: 425-339-3192; sdavey@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @stephrdavey.

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