Cities in region aren’t protecting livability for residents

Residents from cities north of Seattle are feeling the pressure to expand. Once-held notions of quaint quiet communities are being pushed aside by the cities’ management encouraging business development. But, where are the limitations to preserve livability?

The examples of past decades for Edmonds, Shoreline and Mountlake Terrace development are there for lessons learned but, it would seem Arlington, Marysville, Snohomish, Lake Stevens and Stanwood city management teams have ignored the examples of what not to do. Costco removes acres of trees in Lake Stevens with no requirement to replace them within the city limits. It takes 20 years for a 5-year-old tree to provide any shade and height.

Shoreline permitted the construction of the rapid transit up the west side of I-5 from 145th Street north wiping out acres of underbrush, trees and native habitat, removing the majority of the natural sound barrier between west of I-5 and the residential homes that were not removed and demolished. Edmonds and Shoreline are battling tooth and tong to prevent the massive build-out project along the waterfront by Canadian developers that will bring thousands of vehicles into Edmonds and Woodway and Shoreline that roads still are not prepared to handle. Look at the mess west of I-5 at 172nd referred to as Smokey Point? Look at the congestion at the Pilot refuel stop one exit north.

Snohomish County has done nothing to even begin to mitigate traffic congestion. So, be careful whom you appoint to run your cities. The highway that once fed Stanwood merchants now is traffic nightmare all the way to Camano Island. And Stanwood wants to do a by-pass?

Sam Bess


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