SNOHOMISH — The city wants to add 265 acres north of U.S. 2 to its boundaries.
“We need additional commercial land in the city both for the future creation of jobs and the creation of commercial space that generates sales tax,” Snohomish city manager Larry Bauman said.
Snohomish residents are invited to a town meeting Wednesday to discuss how the land should be developed, Bauman said.
Developers could add houses and businesses in the area.
This is the first town meeting that the city is holding on the issue, Bauman said.
“The question of how this area will be developed is important for anybody who lives near the area,” he said.
The area, which is semirural, is part of a bigger area that the city of Lake Stevens also wants to make its own. Each city has asked Snohomish County to add its respective study area to its own urban growth area. A city can annex land to its boundaries when the land is in its urban growth area.
Snohomish County is expected to decide as early as 2009 whether the 265 acres could become part of Snohomish or Lake Stevens.
“There’s definitely a competition over this,” Bauman said.
A Bellevue-based company called SR/ US 2 LLC has approached the city of Snohomish in hopes of developing the 265 acres with homes and businesses. The company is paying for the study of the area, Bauman said.
Share your ideas Wednesday
The city of Snohomish plans a town meeting on the proposed expansion of its urban growth area at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Harvey Auditorium, Snohomish County Fire District 4, 1525 Ave. D in Snohomish.