Over the past two months, non-profit housing developer, Imagine Housing, held two public community outreach meetings about its proposed 160-unit affordable housing project, Timber Falls, slated for the Eagle Pointe neighborhood on Snoqualmie Ridge.
At the second meeting, community members showed up with so many questions that Imagine Housing altered the meeting format, making it more of a town hall type meeting instead of the planned small, informational table setting.
One thing was clear after the last meeting: the community still has lots of questions, and many of them can’t be answered by Imagine Housing.
The City of Snoqualmie has now stepped in and will host a town hall meeting about the potential Imagine Housing affordable housing project this Thursday, March 21st, 6:30PM at city hall.
At the meeting, Mayor Matt Larson and city senior staff will address questions that are specific to city planning for affordable housing and related topics. Staff will present answers to questions that have been most frequently asked by residents.
Some anticipated topics include:
- The impact on city services if city council grants Imagine Housing a tax exemption on the land parcel for the proposed development
- The status of school impact fees for the project
- The impact of traffic on Fontier Street in Eagle Pointe neighborhood, as it would be the only road accessing the development
- Concern over the density of the project
Following the presentation, the town hall will be open for a question and answer session.
Project plans for the proposed Timber Falls development have not been submitted to the City of Snoqualmie for approval yet, but may be considered at a future city council meeting – if a formal proposal is made and additional research is provided.
Imagine Housing Executive Director, Ann Levine, stated in January that the company still plans to request a land parcel tax exemption for the project, but are also analyzing their ability to proceed without it. They plan to file a permit application most likely before the city council decides whether to grant that tax exemption.
Snoqualmie City Council members may be in attendance at Thursday’s town hall meeting, but citizens are reminded that no formal action regarding the project will be taken at that time.
Again, the town hall meeting about the potential Imagine Housing affordable housing project is Thursday, March 21st at 6:30PM at Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 SE River Street.
To learn more about affordable housing in Snoqualmie visit the City of Snoqualmie website.