Owners who oppose Lake Stevens annexation to have their say

Owners who oppose Lake Stevens annexation to have their say

A review board has set an Oct. 1 hearing on an annexation petition signed 29 times by the mayor.

LAKE STEVENS — Homeowners who oppose the annexation of their neighborhood into the city of Lake Stevens will have their chance to speak before the Boundary Review Board for Snohomish County.

The proposed annexation would encompass 108 acres south of the city limits. Some homeowners have raised concerns because the petition to annex was signed 29 times by the Lake Stevens mayor.

Mayor John Spencer signed the petition for people who live in a development subject to a 2010 homeowners association agreement that includes an “intent to annex” clause.

The agreement bars owners in that development from opposing an annexation and grants the city authority to petition for them.

Stacy Brewer, who lives in the annexation area but is not part of that HOA, gathered signatures to seek a hearing before the Boundary Review Board.

He said he does not believe there was adequate communication with affected homeowners about the annexation, and argues that the mayor’s signatures should not be valid.

“The jurisdiction of the Boundary Review Board has been invoked by petition of 8.98 percent of registered voters in the annexation area,” according to a public hearing notice.

The Boundary Review Board may approve, disapprove, or modify the annexation proposal.

The hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Stillaguamish public meeting room on the first floor of the Robert J. Drewel Building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave. in Everett. If the hearing needs to be continued, the board has booked additional time on Oct. 3.

There are 133 homes in the proposed annexation area, near 123rd Avenue SE and the Machias Cut-Off, according to the hearing notice. Nearly 360 people live there.

Kari Bray: 425-339-3439; kbray@heraldnet.com.

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