Project appeals fail

By Jana Hill

For the Herald

MILL CREEK — Two appeals to a 139-unit development planned off Dumas Road were denied by the city council, to the disappointment of an environmental group and a neighborhood adjacent to the proposed project.

The city council rejected appeals by Adopt-a-Stream by a unanimous vote and the Rivendale Homeowner’s Association on a 4-3 vote.

Both appeals challenged the details of a binding site plan for Rivendale II. The plan is scheduled for consideration at the next council meeting March 28.

The appeal filed by Adopt-a-Stream asked the council to reject a current plan and replace it with one that required more underground parking, fewer but taller buildings and roofs engineered to work like wetlands.

Adopt-a-Stream, located downstream from the proposed project, believes the health of North Creek will be damaged by the development as proposed.

Nearby homeowners filed a second appeal to increase parking for Rivendale II.

"The Adopt-a-Stream people made a nice presentation," Mayor Terry Ryan said. "But we didn’t feel there was compelling or really any evidence to support their claims."

Ryan, who supported the Rivendale Homeowner’s appeal, said the binding site plan is not a done deal and the council could still require additional parking.

"Certainly, there were three people who felt the parking is inadequate," Ryan said.

Jana Hill writes for the Enterprise Newspapers. She can be reached at janahill@heraldnet.com or 425-673-6533.

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