Volunteer Jim Freeman of Edmonds and a bearded collie mix pause along a trail on the Lynnwood PAWS property in 2017. (Dan Bates / Herald file)

Volunteer Jim Freeman of Edmonds and a bearded collie mix pause along a trail on the Lynnwood PAWS property in 2017. (Dan Bates / Herald file)

PAWS awaits approval for new shelter and wildlife center

The Progressive Animal Welfare Society hopes to move to Cathcart from its long-time home in Lynnwood.

CLEARVIEW — The Progressive Animal Welfare Society could soon get the go-ahead to build a new shelter and wildlife rehabilitation center in the Cathcart area.

Snohomish County planners this week determined that the PAWS campus, as proposed, would have no significant environmental impact. The county is accepting comments on the development through April 29. People can weigh in on issues such as traffic, storm runoff and construction noise — aspects of the project some neighbors have questioned in the past.

Barring an appeal, the county could then issue permits to clear and grade the property.

PAWS operates a shelter for dogs and cats. It also runs a wildlife hospital and wildlife rehabilitation center, where recent patients have included river otter pups, a wood duck and an injured black bear. Since its founding more than 50 years ago, the nonprofit has been based on 44th Avenue West, north of Lynnwood.

The new facility would take shape on a 24-acre property west of Highway 9. Plans call for a two-story building of nearly 43,000 square feet, plus 17,000 square feet of wildlife enclosures.

The plans would provide parking for 92 vehicles, walking trails and landscaped buffers around the property, according to county documents.

The development would include treatment systems for human and animal waste, as well as stormwater ponds. An existing home and shop would remain standing.

Drivers would enter the property from a driveway on Highway 9, between Broadway Avenue and Cathcart Way.

The county on April 14 published a determination of non-significance. That means that the project, in the opinion of county planners, has satisfied all relevant development regulations.

Permits have been pending since late 2017.

Noah Haglund: 425-339-3465; nhaglund@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @NWhaglund.

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