The City of Snoqualmie released a press release on Tuesday, August, 15, 2017 stating the city council had rejected a new land annexation proposal that would’ve paved the way for a 800-home active adult community on land located between Snoqualmie Ridge, historic downtown and the Snoqualmie Casino.
The city council voted unanimously, 7-0, against a developer’s letter of intent to petition for a proposed annexation of Snoqualmie Hills West, which is in the City’s Urban Growth Area (UGA).
Per the press release:
Following three public meetings that included developer presentations, questions from City Council members and many opportunities for public comment, Mayor Matt Larson and the administration raised several concerns about moving toward a potential annexation at this time.
Those concerns included uncertainty about water and sewer capacity, multiple development projects already underway that require significant staff resources, and the community’s need for time to absorb current development projects.
The city stated that if the developer were to decide to submit another letter of intent at some point in the future, the administration has further concerns about zoning, traffic impacts on Snoqualmie Parkway, unknown impact on adjacent land owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe and private landowners.
The release further added other concerns including, “the undefined number of residential properties within the annexation area, housing affordability within the development, and under-development of commercial offerings to support the need for jobs to housing balance.”
Mayor Larson said, “This process of gathering extensive public comment from those with differing opinions showed our community working at its best. Snoqualmie has active and engaged residents and business owners who take the time to do their research and offer informed and thoughtful opinions.”