Cities fight 1,200-home development

Jun 16, 2007 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Herald

“They're putting a huge residential development smack dab in the middle of a rural area”

Three cities are opposing a plan by a developer to build as many as 1,200 homes in a rural area north of Lake Goodwin. via The Herald

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Ellen Watson

Arlington, WA

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Jul 6, 2007
 
Not just the cities are unhappy about the idea. So are the residents. Visit www.7-lakes.com and register your opinion. Surveys will be delivered to the county, and this project will be tracked for a better-informed community.
Ray

Camano Island, WA

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Jul 7, 2007
 
Might as well let it happened, this area is ruined anyway. I have lived on LK Goodwin my entire life (30yrs) and its just sad seeing this place get overrun by development. The place on the lake has been in the family since the mid 1950's...back when there was NO weeds from different countries growing on the bottom of the lake.

Lets change the name of Smokey Point to Lynnwood #2, and Stanwood to Everett #2
Rita Henley

Arlington, WA

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Jul 9, 2007
 
I moved from Marysville to get away from crowds, looks like it is going to happen here, and what will happen to our property tax bill.
I live off Happy HOllow Rd, I cannot get out of my driveway safely, we live on a curve on the Rd, I am afraid it will be a lot worse.
I hope someone uses some sense and stops this.
Laurie Larson

La Conner, WA

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Jul 11, 2007
 
The area will no longer be so special with crowds and crime to deal with. Traffic is really getting to be a challenge already. I cannot imagine 1200 more homes. Where will the money come from to build the additional roads needed. The natural beauty of the area will be forever scarred.
Chip

United States

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#5
Jul 11, 2007
 
The area of I-5 and Smokey Point is already messed up now with the traffic from the strip malls, I can't imagine what it will be like with the traffic brought by 1200 hundred new homes. If you do the commuter math.... that's 1200 X 2 (number of homes X the number of adult drivers per household)+ 1200 ( the potential number of 16 and over drivers per household)....... 3600 cars, going somewhere, everyday. Also, where are the pedestrians and bicycle riders going to be? They already have to jump in the ditch every few minutes to avoid being hit. What about spending some of the tax money ( another issue) on a sidewalk or bicycle path before soemone gets hurt or killed. Try riding a bike around Lake Goodwin....and if you make it alive, how many times was your life in peril?
Charles Lepo

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Jul 15, 2007
 
I have lived off Frank Waters road now for seven years. I have been robbed now 2 times in a year and half. Just imagine if 1200 homes go in. Not counting all the traffic, which is already a night mere. They need to stop this development now.
Bonnie

AOL

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Jul 18, 2007
 
My husband and I moved away from EVERETT to get away from the noise and the slum. And because we like it here . We can have peace and quit. Now it looks like we well have to look for some place else to go . BECAUSE once all these house's go up the slum of Everett will find there way out this way and people well be robbed and all the drug addicts will be out here . NICE THANKS ALOT!!!
Jim Carr

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Jul 23, 2007
 
I have lived at Warm Beach off and on for over 50 years. I put up my home 11 years ago and there were only 4 home on the street, on there are 15 more. I have observed alot of building going on, too much. If they put in these 1200 new homes not only the traffic influx will impact the roads will not take it, were are they going to get the money for law enforcement, fire, schools, sewer, electric and water. This one of the worst ideas and make this area worse than Smokey Point and places like that.
Mark S Gill

Langley, WA

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Jul 24, 2007
 
When are we going to have a voice in government that listens to the people and not special interest groups, like the greedy developers that come in, trash an area with high density housing, make their money, and leave the community to deal with the nightmare they have created. This project should have been stopped by the Snohomish County Council, yet in their infinite wisdom, decided to keep it on the agenda for further study. Vote these puppets out of office and get some responsive representatives in office. It seems the councils motto is "rape, pillage and plunder and let the poor SOB's that live there deal with the mess."The council consists of John Koster, Kirke Sievers, Gary Nelson, Dave Gossett and Dave Somers. Out of the 5, only John Koster voted to scrap the idea, while the other 4 voted to keep the matter "under consideration for future action." Let's get these losers out!!!!!
Bob Marion

Englewood, CO

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Aug 6, 2007
 
I live in Arlington. I moved there from Lake Martha (1 mile from proposed development) where I grew up. I'm sure that in the early 60's, neighbors did not like to see my family building our home any more that you want to see new neighbors now. I remember when the east side of Lake Howard was developed, there were those that whined. Now some of those (Lk. Howard)residents are the ones fighting the homes of these future neighbors.

Population is growing, real-estate is fixed. My kids deserve the chance to own a home. If you want those woods next door to remain woods, then buy them.
Rhonda

Bothell, WA

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Aug 7, 2007
 
That sounds like a threat....if either of the two projects can't be built, McNaugton says he'll build the rural clusters with less affordability, less open space and WITHOUT ROAD IMPROVEMENTS.... I can't believe that is even possible because everyone knows that Lakewood Road (which is a state highway, I believe) simply cannot SAFELY continue to be the major road for any more population growth. This is a unique area that has served many generations from the busy high density areas for years. Many of us want to preserve these qualities. This does not only involve our neighborhood but there are many people from other districts that want to continue to enjoy these resources. Lakewood Road is a fishermans dream as it leads the way to 7 lakes ending at the beautiful salt water sound. There are many people who will demand to enhance this unique area as it has so much to offer. We are currently seeing lots of high density housing and "affordable" homes being built all around us. There is much evidence of this in Smokey Point. For years there has been a sign on the freeway pointing out this area as a recreational area. There has got to be laws protecting us all from what is happening to our recreational area and I refuse to believe our representives won't help if there are not. I have some great pictures of Lakewood Road on opening day at Lake Ki I would be glad to share with anyone interested. This is not the Pine Lake Plateu in Redmond! We have a unique area here and I believe many people want to see development that is congruent with our resources that will enhance and enable many from nearby, "afordable" housing to comfortably enjoy what this area has to offer. If a road is feasable between the freeway and our back areas---it needed to be built years ago--where are our politicians?
respectfully,
Rhonda - who moved from the beautiful Redmond area 14 years ago
Heather

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Sep 12, 2007
 
Bob Marion wrote:
I live in Arlington. I moved there from Lake Martha (1 mile from proposed development) where I grew up. I'm sure that in the early 60's, neighbors did not like to see my family building our home any more that you want to see new neighbors now. I remember when the east side of Lake Howard was developed, there were those that whined. Now some of those (Lk. Howard)residents are the ones fighting the homes of these future neighbors.
Population is growing, real-estate is fixed. My kids deserve the chance to own a home. If you want those woods next door to remain woods, then buy them.
For me, the issue is not about house being built, but the sheer numbers being built with no thought as to how the infrastructure of the area can handle them. Anyone who lives in the area knows the schools are crowded, there is only one way out of town each direction, etc. This area can not handle that many homes and people all at once. Oh, and the availability of homes is not going to be the issue for your children... it will be the cost. Right now there are more homes out there for sale than thre are buyers.
Ray

Camano Island, WA

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Sep 13, 2007
 
Is the police force going to be upped with all this new development? Last time my house got robbed (has happened twice over the last 4yrs) it took almost an hour for a snohomish co sheriff to respond. This development is a disaster waiting to happen.
Pauline Longley

Arlington, WA

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Sep 26, 2007
 
Development is going to come to the 7 lakes area is some shape or form. Isn't it better to have an organized community with single family homes, than wait for the apartment complexs to come in? Remember Lynnwood 35 years ago.

So many of the comments on this web site are written by people who have moved out from south snohomish county and probably built their homes in the past ten years for a 'quieter life'. There is an element of 'not in my back yard' about that.
Ray

Camano Island, WA

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Sep 26, 2007
 
Been in the same 5 mile radius all of my life (30yrs) Family built a cabin on LK Goodwin in the early '50's, have had family in the silvana area going WAY back...i have the right to say no development. I knew what this area was like back in the early '80's...it was nice, small, and quiet. Now it takes me almost 5min some days to make a left hand turn from E.LK Goodwin RD onto Lakewood rd. Insane. Not to mention the basket cases talking to themselves as they are walking down the street. The roads cannot handle the MASSES of people now...how the hell are they going to handle it when they build thousands of houses. Do you think Snohomish Co is going to spring for a bunch of new sheriff's for this area...nope. Look at Arlington, there police force has not increased for way way too many years, the cops there are overhelmed. Arlington keeps getting bigger and bigger yet they don't want to spend the money to incease protection. This is bad...very bad, this place will be ruined. Anyone that is blind to that fact (pauline) needs to pull there heads out and see where this area is going.
Big Foot

Madison, WI

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Dec 4, 2007
 
I like the LK Goodwin and I go a long ways back .... There are too many humans and houses and cars and roads already. Look at East lake Rd traffic at Lake Rd. And you want to bring more cars and people and homes out here. Rubbish. I won't be happy if this goes through. Big Foot

“Tom ”

Since: Nov 07

Westport

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#17
Dec 7, 2007
 
Sad very sad, I used to live up there and to see this happen to that area is sad. The only reason I moved was because of my employer.
If this goes in what is going to happen to the lakes up there. The run off, the pollution, the sewers, this stinks of greed by the Snohomish County Counsel.
Jamie

Northbrook, IL

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Mar 17, 2008
 
Rita Henley wrote:
I moved from Marysville to get away from crowds, looks like it is going to happen here, and what will happen to our property tax bill.
I live off Happy HOllow Rd, I cannot get out of my driveway safely, we live on a curve on the Rd, I am afraid it will be a lot worse.
I hope someone uses some sense and stops this.
You need to get over it. If you don't want developement around you maybe you should own more land. DON'T tell others what they can do with their land, just because it's not what you would do. If you don't like it then you pay for the unused land.
Jamie

Northbrook, IL

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#19
Mar 17, 2008
 
I am a business Owner in Smokey Point and my whole family lives near lake Goodwin and Stanwood. Every one that is complaining only owns a very small piece of land, if you don't want developments around you then buy the land and don't develope it. Otherwise leave other people alone while they do with their land what they want. This is American and it is supposed to be a free country so if a land owner wants to develope it who are you to say he can't just because you can't afffod to buy the land.
Jamie marysville wa

Northbrook, IL

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Mar 17, 2008
 
Bonnie wrote:
My husband and I moved away from EVERETT to get away from the noise and the slum. And because we like it here . We can have peace and quit. Now it looks like we well have to look for some place else to go . BECAUSE once all these house's go up the slum of Everett will find there way out this way and people well be robbed and all the drug addicts will be out here . NICE THANKS ALOT!!!
YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!!! THERE IS MORE CRIME IN ARLINGTON AND STANWOOD THAN EVERETT. DON'T YOU TALK TO THE POLICE? WHAAA!! BOO HOO!!! YOU HAVE TO MOVE BECAUSE YOU CAN'T AFFORD ENOUGH LAND TO MAKE YOURSELF HAPPY. SO YOU WANT OTHERS TO PAY FOR THE LAND AROUND YOU AND JUST NOT USE IT TO KEEP YOU HAPPY RIGHT?

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