On June 22, 2017, development group Snoqualmie Heights Partners, LLC initiated the annexation process for approximately 260 acres of land located in the city’s Snoqualmie Hills West Urban Growth Area (UGA) . The land is situated between Snoqualmie Ridge, downtown Snoqualmie and the Snoqualmie Casino.
Late last week, Snoqualmie Heights Partners submitted to the City of Snoqualmie a Notice of Intention to Annex, which was signed by the owners of at least 10% of property value proposed for annexation.
The group wants to develop an 800-home age restricted (55+), active adult community consisting of 500 single family homes, 200 townhomes and 100 condos ranging in size from 800 sq. ft. to 3,000 sq. ft. The homes would be located on approximately 220 of the 260 acres (see photo below), with usage for the remaining 40 acres to be determined by city needs – if the process moves along. Ideas proposed for those 40-acres include an assisted living facility and retail space with apartments above.
Annexation Process, Many steps Involved – NOT Done Deal
Per state law, the City of Snoqualmie has 60 days after the notice was filed to hold a public meeting with the initiating parties to determine three things: 1) whether the city will accept, reject or geographically modify the proposed annexation; 2) whether to require the simultaneous adoption of a proposed zoning regulation (if such proposal was prepared and filed); 3) whether to require the assumption of all or of any portion of existing city indebtedness by the area to be annexed.
In order for the annexation to proceed further, the city council must accept the Notice of Intent to Annex. If they reject it, the process is over. There is no appeal or annexation.
As of publication, a date for the public meeting on the intent to annex had not been scheduled by the city. Snoqualmie Heights Partners stated they are “committed to giving all interested parties ample time to review all information on the project” and plan to suggest the public meeting be held toward the end of the 60 day window.” In the interim, the development group said it supports beginning public conversations early “to make sure everyone has accurate information and a chance to have their questions heard.”
If the council accepts notice, that would be only the first of many steps required for the annexation to occur. NOTE: Acceptance of the notice does NOT approve the annexation. It only authorizes the next step where the initiating parties can circulate a petition for annexation. In order for that to be approved, the petition must include signatures of owners of 60% or more of the assessed value of the proposed annexation property.
The 60% Petition is then subject to a public hearing before the city council after which the council can still deny the annexation. If they approve it, though, it must be done through a city ordinance.
Snoqualmie Heights Partners stated if their notice of intent to annex is accepted, it anticipates submitting the 60% Petition later in 2017 or in early 2018. It has also proposed that the annexation area be subject to the City’s Mixed Use District Regulations.
A representative for the group said, “We have met the necessary threshold to advance the annexation request presently and we are confident we will ultimately exceed 60% of assessed value represented by the petition to advance the request.”
The group said it has been working for three years to purchase the estimated 260 acres from approximately 35 different land owners. Two five-acre parcel owners have firmly stated they will not sell so the developers said they would design the community, including its roads, around these properties – and that eminent domain would not come into play.
If the phased development becomes reality, it is still many years out. The first home wouldn’t be built until 2021, with the final home constructed in 2030.
To find out more details about the possible 800-unit active adult, age restricted community, read our earlier story HERE.