Historical Photo of Richmond Beach, Washingtonclick photo to enlarge

A 1932 aerial of Point Wells by Charles Laidlaw shows Heberlein Road snaking up the hillside to the Standard Oil cottages built for supervisors and managers in 1923.

From the Shoreline Historical Museum collection, property of the Museum, captions courtesy of Vicki Stiles



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Decisions are being made in the near future that could permanently change our neighborhood. Richmond Beach Community Association encourages you to take an active role in shaping the future of our neighborhood and make plans to attend upcoming meetings.

Please share this information with any Shoreline Residents you know...family, friends and neighbors...as the impacts are City-wide.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Candidates' Responses to Questions

See the Transcript of Candidates' Replies from the September 8 RBCA general meeting.


Monday, August 31, 2015

RBCA Email Blast: Point Wells Update

RBCA Community Meeting - September 8

"On September 8, the Richmond Beach Community Association's general meeting is designed to bring you up to date on critical Point Wells issues. Following this presentation, Shoreline City Council candidates in the November election will speak to specific questions about these issues. Time permitting after the candidates' comments, we will field questions from the audience. This will be a very important meeting you won't want to miss!"

Topics include:

  • Shoreline/BSRE Transportation Corridor Study (TCS)
  • Two Access Roads to Point Wells
  • Tolling on Richmond Beach Drive
  • 90 Foot Maximum Height on Point Wells Buildings
  • Status of Draft EIS
  • Fiscal Analysis of Annexation Alternatives
  • City of Shoreline Leverage to Influence the Traffic and Scale of the Development


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

RBCA Monthly Update: March 2015

March 2015 Point Wells update

Letters to the Editor: City of Shoreline density projections


Thursday, January 8, 2015

RBCA Special Alert: Point Wells Update

Shoreline City Council to discuss tolling as a possible revenue source on Monday, Jan. 12

A joint statement by Richmond Beach Advocates and Save Richmond Beach


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Friday, December 5, 2014

Response from Snohomish County on Shoreline's intention to annex Point Wells

Excerpt from the November 10, 2014, Shoreline City Manager's report

By Debbie Tarry, Shoreline City Manager

On October 7, 2014, Planning and Community Development Director Rachael Markle, Intergovernmental Relations Manager Scott MacColl, and I met with Snohomish County planning staff to discuss my notice to Snohomish County of the city's intent to negotiate an interlocal annexation agreement for the Point Wells area. Snohomish County indicated that they would provide sample interlocal agreements and the next steps in the process by the end of October. On Friday, Oct. 31, I received some sample interlocals, although the email stated that the examples were from various dates and some may not conform to current models.

The email went on to say "...that based on county staff research, before negotiating an annexation ILA with Snohomish County, the City of Shoreline should pursue an amendment to the Snohomish County Countywide Planning Policies (CPP) to include a Shoreline Municipal Urban Growth Area (MUGA). If the Snohomish County Council adopts a Shoreline MUGA in the Snohomish County CPPs, then the Snohomish County Comprehensive Plan could be amended to include a Shoreline MUGA, and staff could negotiate a master annexation ILA for Shoreline to annex within the Shoreline MUGA."

I have requested that county staff provide the CPPs that were used to come to the conclusion for the process that they are requiring.

I have also contacted Cynthia Pruitt, at Snohomish County Tomorrow to seek her guidance/understanding on the process. We will be setting a face-to-face meeting with Ms. Pruitt in the next couple of weeks.

Shoreline City Manager's Weekly Update


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

RBCA Email Blast: Point Wells Update

Record Crowd Leaves RBCA Community Meeting with Renewed Hope

"A standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 community members attended the September 9 meeting sponsored by the Richmond Beach Community Association (RBCA). The purpose of the meeting was to update the greater Richmond Beach community on a variety of issues, discussed below, concerning the proposed development at Point Wells. The buzz after the meeting was a renewed sense of optimism that the City of Shoreline has more leverage than they perhaps give themselves credit for to affect the scale and traffic of the Point Wells development..."

  • Issue #1: Transportation Corridor Study
  • Issue #2: Two Public Access Roads
  • Issue #3: Tolling on Richmond Beach Drive
  • Issue #4: Completion Timeline for Draft EIS


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Innis Arden Board Resolution Re: Point Wells




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

RBA/SRB Statement of Expectations Regarding Deliberations and Decisions on Point Wells

From Richmond Beach Advocates and Save Richmond Beach:





Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tolling as an Alternative Revenue Source

Email to City of Shoreline from Tom McCormick:


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Save Richmond Beach Email Blast:
Snohomish County Traffic Standards Require Second Access Road for Point Wells

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"A recently discovered provision of the Snohomish County Engineering and Design Development Standards (EDDS) requires that any road carrying more than 250 average daily vehicle trips (ADT) be connected in at least two places with other roads designed to carry the resulting traffic volume. Here's the text of standard 3-01 B. 5):

  • 5) A public road, private road or drive aisle serving more than 250 ADT shall connect in at least two locations with another public road, private road or drive aisle meeting the applicable standard(s) for the resulting traffic volume, so that a dead end road system is not created.

Since the Urban Center development proposed for Point Wells is projected to generate anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 ADT, it seems clear this two road standard applies.

(If you want to see the road design standards in more detail, here is a link to the County's EDDS standards (PDF). You'll have to skip to the page numbered 31 in the document to find the Road Design standards. Standard B. 5) is at the top of the page numbered 32).

Will the County enforce its own standard?
As of today the County is taking a two handed approach to the standard. On one hand they have notified the developer (BSRE) via email that the standard exists and that it does apply to the proposed Point Wells development.  On the other hand, in the same email the county pointed out that BSRE could ask the County Engineer to grant a deviation to waive the standard.

Neighborhood advocacy group Richmond Beach Advocates (RBA), along with some local individuals are working together to make sure the County does not grant a deviation from this standard. One local individual, Tom McCormick, has written a lengthy email to Snohomish County officials (with copies to City of Shoreline officials) making the case that this standard should be upheld to promote safety and minimize traffic congestion. You can use this link to view Mr. McCormick's email (PDF) on the City of Shoreline web site (the email starts on page 3). Also included in this link is a copy of Snohomish County's email to BSRE.

They are attempting to ensure that if a deviation request is submitted they will have an opportunity to submit materials opposing the request and possibly to discuss the request with the County Traffic Engineer before he issues his final ruling.

If it's built, where would the second road go?
Any second access road would have to be constructed in Woodway and would almost certainly connect to 116th Ave W.  Depending on exactly where the road was planned, there could be a fairly steep and potentially unstable slope to deal with.  It's not clear how large and complicated the construction task would be.  We do know that BSRE has begun a preliminary investigation into building a second road.

What about Shoreline's TCS?
Shoreline and BSRE continue to work on the traffic analysis for the Point Wells Traffic Corridor Study (TCS). This analysis is supposed to show how traffic coming from Point Wells will affect traffic flow in Shoreline. The City and BSRE have agreed to submit the analysis as part of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Point Wells.

If a second road is built and connects to 116th Ave W in Woodway, traffic using this new road could go north through Woodway into Edmonds, or it could turn south into Shoreline and travel through neighborhood streets up to 20th Ave NW and then on toward Aurora. (Use this link to see a map.)

Looking at the map it's very clear that having a second road would completely change the traffic flow on several quiet streets in Richmond Beach and at the intersection of 20th Ave NW and Richmond Beach Road. It's also clear that any Point Wells traffic analysis must include the possibility of a second access road to have complete and valid results.

In fact, Snohomish County agrees and has confirmed that any traffic analysis included in the Point Wells DEIS must include a study of the impact of a second access road.

We believe BSRE is asking the City to continue working on the traffic analysis without including a second access road option. We have joined RBA and others in working with the City to make sure they understand that a traffic analysis that ignores the possibility of a second road is incomplete and invalid.

We will continue to update you as this issue moves forward."



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

EIS Scoping Summary

Point Wells Mixed-Use Redevelopment Project Summary of the Public EIS Scoping Process:


Monday, July 21, 2014

RBCA Email Blast: Point Wells Update

The Sun Never Sets on Point Wells

Our greater Richmond Beach community has been blessed this summer with plenty of rich sunshine and spectacular sunsets! But it seems the sun never sets on issues needing attention at Point Wells.

What’s Been Happening

Even though there have been relatively few public meetings held about Point Wells over the summer, Richmond Beach Advocates (RBA) and individual community members have volunteered hundreds of hours on a variety of issues. For example, RBA engaged its attorney, Traci Shallbetter, to provide a legal perspective on the following:

  1. SEPA analysis and Scoping comments related to the Environmental Impact Study
  2. Legal comments re: the Transportation Corridor Study (TCS)
  3. Meetings with the City of Shoreline (COS) re: methodologies and mitigation of TCS
  4. Legal research and analysis re: COS comprehensive plan and zoning provisions/history pertaining to Point Wells
  5. Legal research re: applicable case law that is relevant to support limitations on scale of development
  6. Legal research and analysis re: authority of COS to limit traffic on Richmond Beach Drive/enforce existing Comprehensive Plan provisions pertaining to maximum average daily trips (ADT) on Richmond Beach Drive
  7. Meetings and correspondence with COS re: legal authority, leverage and traffic analysis
  8. Draft of research paper re: COS legal authority to enforce traffic caps on Richmond Beach Drive per City’s Comprehensive Plan vis a vis Snohomish County and Point Wells
  9. Legal research re: environmental impacts on Point Wells related to landslide issues
  10. Legal research and analysis re: impacts of annexation on municipalities and the community

Note that even though extensive legal research has begun, virtually all of the issues listed above command continued legal attention in the future. With your financial help, RBA expects to continue the pursuit of these and other issues as they arise.

In addition to outstanding work contributed by Attorney Shallbetter, individual Richmond Beach residents have stepped forward to invest countless hours, pro bono, in their areas of expertise, including attorneys and environmental experts. We continue to welcome your expertise and time, too. Please contact RBA (info@richmondbeachadvocates.org) to volunteer in support of reduced scale or alternative use of Point Wells. Also, at least seven public records requests have been made to City of Shoreline and Snohomish County officials on various Point Wells topics, including analysis of cost/benefits of annexation, municipal codes on building heights for Urban Center projects, and traffic analyses conducted by municipalities.

Several meetings have been held that involved representatives from RBA, Save Richmond Beach, Shoreline Coalition for Open Government and Richmond Beach community members. The group met last month with COS officials to stay current on what the City is doing and to advocate on behalf of our neighborhood communities. We also have met several times as a group to share information and develop a cooperative plan of action that capitalizes on the respective expertise of all parties. Our common goal remains the same: To reduce the scale or find alternative, more appropriate use of the Point Wells property.

What’s Ahead

As we look to the near future, the time line for Transportation Corridor decisions apparently continues to get pushed out in time. As this email blast goes to press, the most recent information we have seen published is that the COS anticipated public meetings in September and presentations to the City Council in late September or early October. However, on July 2, COS officials met with BSRE representatives with an agenda to review BSRE’s updated “modeling assumptions” as a basis for conducting an actual transportation analysis. However, BSRE reported at the meeting they did not have revised assumptions available, and another meeting is scheduled between COS and BSRE the first week in August. Given the amount of time required for an internal transportation analysis by the COS, RBA will insist that our own transportation engineers be accorded comparable time for a third-party analysis of the TCS recommendations.

As always, we will keep you posted on the most recent happenings that we learn about and on any revised timelines that are reported. In the meantime, please continue to let your voice be heard on Point Wells!



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Monday, June 30, 2014

Richmond Beach Advocates Needs Your Help

Richmond Beach Advocates (RBA) once again is asking for your help. The community was originally challenged to raise $10,000—and you did. Those funds have now been spent, and RBA is appealing to the community to continue to support the work it is doing to preserve the quality of life, sense of community and uniqueness of the Richmond Beach neighborhood.

With summer in full swing, Point Wells may be on the back burner for some people, but Richmond Beach Advocates (RBA) continues to follow the Transportation Corridor Study, meet with City leaders to critique assumptions and models, research legal theories and explore methods to have the voices heard of those impacted by the Point Wells development. While utilizing as many qualified neighborhood volunteers as possible to perform the work, there are times when the expertise of professionals is necessary, and RBA must rely on its hired experts to do the work. This is an extremely costly proposition. Please help. Donations can be mailed to Richmond Beach Advocates, P. O. Box 60186, Richmond Beach, WA 98160-0186.



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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Special Email Blast for Point Wells

Zach Hiatt of Save Richmond Beach just passed along the following - The Seattle Times reports that Snohomish County is considering a 6-month moratorium on all development in landslide hazard areas. Dave Somers is supposedly bringing it to a vote at the Council meeting tomorrow.

Looks like they're already including an exception where building permits have been issued, but that's not the case at Point Wells. Folks who can may want to go to speak up about Point Wells.
See: http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2014/04/snohomish-county-may-ban-development-in-landslide-prone-areas/

Some background - Point Wells is in a landslide hazard area. If you have not already done so please read the RBA / SRB scoping letter here: http://www.richmondbeachwa.org/pointwells/documents /SRB_and_RBA_EIS_Scoping_Comments_2_20140402.pdf

From the County's website - Meeting time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM; Location: Council Public Meetings and Public Hearings are generally held in the Henry M. Jackson Board Room, 8th Floor, Robert J. Drewel Building (Administration Building East), 3000 Rockefeller, Everett, 98201. Please call the Council office at 425-388-3494 to confirm.


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Friday, April 18, 2014

Shoreline Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, May 1. City staff will make a report on the Point Wells Transportation Corridor Study (TCS). You can review the written report by going to the following link:


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Letter from RBCA to City of Shoreline dated April 11, 2014, re: Complete Streets concept where key streets in Richmond Beach are re-design and modified so the entire right of way enables safe access for all users.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Innis Arden's comments on Transportation Corridor Study submitted to City of Shoreline and Snohomish County

Innis Arden - website


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Point Wells information in today's RBCA Email Blast

Richmond Beach: Calendar, Point Wells, Opportunities - mid-April

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Washington State Supreme Court Upholds Court of Appeals Decision on Point Wells Project Vesting

On April 10, 2014, in a 6-3 decision, the Washington State Supreme Court upheld the Court of Appeals' decision that BSRE's Point Wells project applications were vested under Snohomish County's "Urban Center" zoning designation.

With this decision, BSRE's permit applications for the Point Wells site will continue to be processed by Snohomish County under this zoning designation.

See the complete text of the decision. (PDF)


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Point Wells TCS: City Council Report to read; Meeting on Monday, April 14

On Tuesday, April 8, the City of Shoreline announced that a discussion about the Point Wells Transportation Corridor Study (TCS) will occur at the City Council meeting on Monday, April 14.

City staff will make a report to the Council. You can review the written report by going to the following link:
http://cosweb.ci.shoreline.wa.us/uploads/attachments/cck/council /staffreports/2014/staffreport041414-9a.pdf

When you read the report, it will become even more clear how crucial the next few months are in terms of decisions to be made that shape our community forever. We urge every community member who has an interest in the TCS to attend this important meeting. And we remind you of the opportunity to personally address the City Council and staff during the public comment portion of the meeting. Also, you can always present comments in writing to the Council.

As a reminder, the last and final wrap-up meeting for the TCS is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16, 6:30 p.m., at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Avenue North. A draft of the staff recommended design options for the corridor including mitigations will be presented for public comment at the meeting. The draft options will also be posted on the website. Comments will be welcomed by staff as the recommended design options are updated to incorporate feedback received at the April 16 TCS meeting. This is your last opportunity to provide input.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014; Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Point Wells Scoping Comments Sent to Snohomish County

Richmond Beach Advocates - RBA website

Save Richmond Beach - SRB website

City of Shoreline - Press Release plus Scoping Comments:


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

From the City of Shoreline:

Snohomish County extends scoping period

Snohomish County has issued a 2nd Scoping Notice extending the period for making comments on the scope of the Point Wells draft environmental impact statement to 5:00 p.m. April 2, 2014.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SEPA and Permitting Processes

SEPA and Permitting Processes Handout (PDF)


Friday, February 28, 2014

Richmond Beach Advocates' letter to City of Shoreline regarding confirmation and prioritization of Traffic Corridor Study issues

RBA Confirmation and Prioritization of TCS Issues (PDF)


Friday, February 28, 2014

Traffic Corridor Workshop Summaries provided by City of Shoreline

Comments from TCS Workshops
Follow the link to view all of the comments from the Transportation Corridor Study Workshops:


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Snohomish County Scoping Meetings


Two public EIS scoping meetings will be held on Tuesday, February 18th:

  1. From 12:30 PM to approximately 2:30 PM at the Snohomish County Administration Building Court Complex at 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett; and,
  2. From 6:30 PM to approximately 8:30 PM in the Shoreline Conference Center at 18560 1st Ave. NE, Shoreline.

More information can be found through the above link.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Press Release from the City of Shoreline

Pt. Wells Transportation Corridor Study begins

Beginning February 12, as part of the agreement between the City and Point Wells developer, BSRE Point Wells, LP (BSRE), the City will conduct a Transportation Corridor Study to focus extensively on the transportation impacts of BSRE's proposed development at Point Wells. Located just across Shoreline’s border with Snohomish County, Point Wells is a petroleum and asphalt plant currently accessible only through Shoreline's Richmond Beach neighborhood. BSRE is moving forward with its project to build residential units and commercial space on the property.

The development planned at Point Wells will impact all of Shoreline, with the most direct impacts to the northwestern part of the city, particularly Richmond Beach. Traffic will eventually increase in the area, with ripple effects for a large part of Shoreline.

While the proposed development at Point Wells will take up to 25 years to fully complete, the project’s impacts and mitigations must be identified at this stage of the process.

Through Washington's State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), when a proposed project is likely to result in significant adverse impacts, the lead agency is required to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS). In the case of Point Wells, Snohomish County is the lead agency. The EIS reviews the project’s impacts and provides reasonable alternatives and possible mitigation. The Transportation Corridor Study will be incorporated into the transportation element of Snohomish County's EIS.

The study will look at time spent waiting at intersections, the ability for residents to safely access their driveways, and safety concerns for pedestrians and bicyclists. To ensure the process is objective, the City has hired a third party facilitator.

The process includes a series of six workshops that will give residents an opportunity to explain and show on maps exactly the kinds of capital investments that will make for a safe and efficient transportation corridor.

For questions or comments, please contact Transportation Planning Manager Kirk McKinley at kmckinley@shorelinewa.gov or (206) 801-2481. Visit ShorelineWA.gov/pointwells for more information.

Workshop Dates

All meetings will be held in the Shoreline City Hall Council Chamber from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
*The workshop meetings will be divided in focus between the two segment areas shown on the map below.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Segment A Meeting #1: Overview and identifying issues
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26 - Segment A Meeting #2: Confirmation and prioritization of issues
  • Thursday, March 13 - Segment A Meeting #3: Review proposed design options
  • Wednesday, March 19 - Segment B Meeting #1: Understanding and prioritizing issues
  • Tuesday, April 1 - Segment B Meeting #2: Review proposed design options
  • Wednesday, April 16 - Segment A & B Final Wrap-Up Meeting

Point Wells


Friday, July 26, 2013

Letter from Richmond Beach Resident in Reply to the Recent City Council Letter

Richmond Beach Community Association received this letter to the community from Pat Lessard, a Richmond Beach resident. It is in response to the July 22, 2013, letter from the City of Shoreline. Ms. Lessard asked us to share it with the community:

Letter of July 26, 2013 from Richmond Beach Resident in Reply to the Recent City Council Letter (PDF)


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Letter from City Council to the Richmond Beach Community

Richmond Beach Community Association received this letter from the City of Shoreline, and they have asked us to share it with the community:

Letter of July 22, 2013 from City Council to the Richmond Beach Community (PDF)


Monday, July 1, 2013

Point Wells: Urgent! Action Needed Today!

HB 2068, related to the annexation of Point Wells, is being discussed today by the Governor's staff.

Tomorrow, Governor Inslee is scheduled to sign or veto this bill that removes the right for Woodway to unilaterally annex the property.

Regardless of your position, let your voice be heard by tonight. Use the following link to register your opinion.


Your voice is important.

RBCA Board


Monday, June 10, 2013

Point Wells Update

Today's hearing on House Bill 2068 was canceled. Our understanding of the reason for cancellation was that the legislature was not in session today because of a 10:00 a.m. memorial service for the late State Sen. Mike Carroll (R-Lakewood).

The last day of the special session is tomorrow, so likely HB 2068 will not be voted on this session. If new information on this develops, we will keep you posted.

Don't miss!
June RBCA Meeting: Point Wells
Tuesday, June 11,
7:30 p.m.
Richmond Beach Congregational Church, basement
1512 NW 195th Street


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Point Wells: Urgent Action Needed by Monday, June 10

The State Senate is holding a hearing Monday at 9:30 a.m. on House Bill 2068, which negates the bill recently signed by the governor giving Woodway the option to unilaterally annex Point Wells. The proposed bill (HB 2068) is supported by the Point Wells developer (BSRE), Snohomish County and the City of Shoreline and opposed by the Town of Woodway and Save Richmond Beach.

Learn more:

  1. May 15 Senate Work Session Video (Point Wells discussion with comments by BSRE, Snohomish County, Woodway and Shoreline begin 01:41:36 on the video counter)
  2. Save Richmond Beach

To have your opinions considered on this critical issue, you must share them with the committee members at or before Monday's hearing in Olympia.

Attend and provide comments at hearing:

Senate Governmental Operations Committee Hearing on HB 2068
Monday, June 10, 9:30 a.m.
Cherberg Building (next to Capitol in Olympia)
Hearing room #2, first floor

Email committee:


Call committee chair:

Senator Pam Roach at (360) 786-7660


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Urgent Point Wells News

Breaking News! Town of Woodway Wins Right to Annex Point Wells

Late Tuesday afternoon, May 21, 2013, Governor Inslee signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 5417. The intent of the Bill, as passed by the House and Senate in April, was to address a special issue in the Maple Valley area where an unincorporated area is virtually surrounded by a municipality. However, enactment of SB 5417 will now have general application because it allows any municipality that meets the code specifications to not only control the provision of municipal services; it also allows the municipality to annex the incorporated area without the approval of the developer. Note, even though the bill signed by Governor Inslee on Tuesday does not automatically guarantee annexation by the Town of Woodway, this new Act does push the Town of Woodway onto center stage of future deliberations.

Because this just happened and affects the so-called balance of power among municipalities wanting to annex Point Wells, every municipality involved in negotiations with Blue Square Real Estate (BSRE) will need to re-group and reflect on the future strategy implications of the Governor’s actions today.

On Tuesday, June 11, the RBCA Board has scheduled a special meeting to focus exclusively on the topic of Point Wells. We have invited representatives from Save Richmond Beach, Town of Woodway, Blue Square Real Estate and the City of Shoreline to speak on how this new law will affect them in the future.

So mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 11, 7:30 p.m., Richmond Beach Congregational Church, 1512 NW 195th, lower level.

Urgent: City Council Special Meeting Tonight (Wednesday, May 22)

Late Tuesday afternoon, the City of Shoreline posted on their website the following:

As required by RCW 42.30, the Open Public Meetings Act, you are hereby notified that the Shoreline City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 p.m. and is scheduled to conclude at 9:00 p.m. It will be held at Shoreline City Hall, Conference Room 301, located at 17500 Midvale Avenue North, Shoreline, WA 98133.

The purpose of the meeting is to authorize the City Manager to file action to enforce the 2002 Ronald Wastewater District Interlocal Operating Agreement.

There has been an exchange of rather pointed letters within the past week between Julie Underwood, COS City Manager, and the Ronald Wastewater District regarding interpretation of Section 4.5. Apparently the City of Shoreline meeting tonight is to decide whether or not to take legal action against Ronald Wastewater. This is related to the Woodway annexation issue in that Woodway is seeking to acquire the part of Ronald Wastewater’s system that is within the annexation area (Point Wells).

There is a public comment period on the agenda or comments may be emailed to City Council members in advance of the meeting at council@shorelinewa.gov.


Email to RBCA Point Wells Subcommittee dated 5/8/13

I wanted to make sure that you were aware that this item is on the Council agenda for Monday (5/13) night.

Here is a link to the staff report Comp Plan Docket.

This is for Council to approve the docket for the Planning Commission to study the issues related to Point Wells. Council is not taking any action to change the comprehensive plan - rather just directing the Planning Commission to study the issues and to provide a recommendation to the City Council. We are anticipating that the Council would consider recommendations in September or October. This is dependent on the completion of the Transportation Corridor Study (TCS). We are still working with BSRE and Snohomish County to finalize the dates for the TCS.

You will notice that the docket item removes the change regarding changing the street classification. This is because the street classification issue is a Transportation Master Plan amendment and not a comprehensive plan change. We would anticipate that this change would be considered at the same time Council considers any changes to the Comprehensive Plan in September or October.

Hope that this information is helpful in keeping you informed.

Debbie Tarry
Assistant City Manager
City of Shoreline
Phone: 206-801-2212
E-Mail: DTarry@ShorelineWA.gov


City's response to residents' emails regarding Point Wells


The City of Shoreline and BSRE have executed a memorandum of understanding to conduct a Transportation Corridor Study of the Richmond Beach Drive/Road Corridor.

The City will not be issuing an amicus brief as a result of coming to an agreement on the Transportation Corridor Study.

From the City of Shoreline:

From BSRE Point Wells:


Dates for Point Wells Transportation Corridor Study still being determined

Press Release from the City of Shoreline

February 15, 2013 — The City is still in working with the developer, BSRE Point Wells, LP (BSRE), on establishing dates for the Point Wells Transportation Corridor Study. Tentative dates had been set for late February, but those dates have changed. As soon as the City and BSRE have established dates, the City will immediately distribute information.

The Transportation Corridor Study is one component of BSRE's larger Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process that it needs to do for Snohomish County's permitting process. The City and BSRE are working with Snohomish County to ensure the Transportation Corridor Study will satisfy the EIS transportation study requirements and that any mitigation determined under the Transportation Corridor Study will be accepted by Snohomish County.

The process for the corridor study is anticipated to include a combination of workshops and open houses totaling six (6) meetings and lasting approximately two months. Conducting a transportation corridor study will allow the community, City staff, and BSRE to examine the effects of additional traffic on Richmond Beach Drive, Richmond Beach Road, surrounding side streets and other major intersections continuing on N 185th Street to I-5. This includes looking at the time spent waiting at intersections, ability for residents to safely access their driveways or intersections, and safety concerns for pedestrians and bicyclists.

To keep up to date on the latest Point Wells news and to be contacted about any upcoming meetings, sign up for an ENews account on the City's website. There will be a Point Wells specific box you can check to receive emails specifically about Point Wells. As new information or meeting dates arise, the City will send you information. To sign-up, visit www.ShorelineWA.gov.
(webmaster: Then click "Sign up for eNews", found in the lower right corner of the page.)


RBCA Point Wells Notification - January 26, 2013

Urgent Point Wells Notification (PDF)


Exploring the creation of a Metropolitan Parks District at Point Wells

Documents from the March meeting of the Richmond Beach Community Association

From the City of Shoreline:

From Ken Davidson, attorney for and a founder of a citizens' group which formed the Finn Hill Park and Recreation District:


Metropolitan park district idea to be explored at March RBCA meeting
Written by RBCA Vice President Tom Petersen
for the March 2012 issue of the Richmond Beach Community News

The idea of creating a Metropolitan Parks District for part of Shoreline, Woodway, and, significantly, Point Wells, will get its first full public discussion at the Tuesday, March 13, RBCA meeting, at 7:30 p.m. in the basement of the Richmond Beach Congregational Church.

City officials from Shoreline and Woodway, plus representatives from Save Richmond Beach and the Finn Hill Park and Recreation District will be on hand to discuss the costs, benefits, and strategic advantages of creating such a cross-boundary authority. At stake would be the new district's authority to regulate the degree of development allowed at Point Wells, through the voters' say on the appropriate use of the land and how much should be devoted to natural restoration, preservation, and recreation. What's being researched is the impact on local taxation and also how intergovernmental agreements might bring state and federal clean-up assistance to the site of the aging asphalt depot at Point Wells, rather than having to trade an urban center for beach detoxification.

Polls show 94% of Richmond Beach residents oppose adding the equivalent of another Richmond Beach on the 64-acre sand spit at the end of Richmond Beach Drive. Many have said they would welcome a much smaller development, but strongly believe that the anticipated traffic and construction impacts be mitigated by road and parks improvements.

The idea of a Parks District had been going around informally among people who recalled the creation of the Finn Hill district in Kirkland in 2000 to save O.O. Denny Park and schemes that were proposed for old Port of Seattle sites and a gravel pit on Maury Island (that were later resolved by other means). The notion got a big boost during the 2011 election campaign when Shoreline Councilman Chris Eggen floated such a plan as a way to give Shoreline some leverage in negotiations with Blue Sky Real Estate, which wants to build 18-story condos at the same latitude as Woodway, with Snohomish County's blessings.

At the moment, the proposed Point Wells development has been stalled by a ruling that its "urban center" designation is in violation of the definitions in the state Growth Management Act. The decision said the plan cannot vest according to the rules in place at the time of the permit application if those rules were defective and illegal. BSRE is appealing.


Point Wells Urban Center Stopped

By Save Richmond Beach

Judge Dean Lum rules that Blue Square Real Estate's urban center application is not vested and enjoins Snohomish County from processing the development application

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 — Richmond Beach — I am happy to report that today is a good day for the home team. Judge Dean Lum in King County Superior Court granted Save Richmond Beach and the Town of Woodway's request for summary judgment.

Judge Lum ruled that the Blue Square Real Estate development application to build an urban center at Point Wells is not vested and Snohomish County is enjoined from processing the application.

There will be an opportunity for the developer and Snohomish County to appeal so we still have much work to do...but for now we are thankful to all of our supporters for believing in us.


Decision of the Growth Management Hearings Board

Final Decision and Order (PDF, 81 pages) of April 25, 2011

I. Synopsis:

"The City of Shoreline, Town of Woodway, and Save Richmond Beach, a neighborhood organization, challenged Snohomish County's amendments of its comprehensive plan and development regulations that provide for the redevelopment of Point Wells, an unincorporated urban area.

Comprehensive Plan amendment Ordinance Nos. 09-038 and 09-051 designated Point Wells an Urban Center. The Board concluded the action was clearly erroneous in three respects: the designation was inconsistent with the County's Urban Center comprehensive plan provisions; because the action thwarted GMA compliance by the City of Shoreline, the action lacked consistency with the comprehensive plans of adjacent jurisdictions; and the action was not guided by several GMA Goals.

Development regulation amendments, Ordinance Nos. 09-079 and 09-080, adopted Urban Center provisions specific to Point Wells. The Board dismissed Petitioners' GMA allegations based on abandonment or citation to inapplicable statutory provisions. The Petitioners carried their burden of showing the ordinances were not guided by certain GMA Goals, but because the goal violations were not tied to specific statutory requirements, the Board did not reach a finding of non-compliance.

The City of Shoreline also raised SEPA challenges. The Board remanded the County's FSEIS for Ordinance Nos. 09-038 and 09-051 for analysis of reasonable alternatives. As to the DNS for Ordinance Nos. 09-079 and 09-080, the Board ruled that because the DNS is predicated on an inadequate FSEIS, the DNS is also inadequate. The Board further found certain new information and changes to the proposal required addenda to the DNS.

The Board entered a determination of invalidity for Ordinance Nos. 09-038 and 09-051, and remanded all four Ordinances to the County, setting a one-year compliance schedule based on the unusual complexity of the matter."


For Further Reading:

From BSRE Point Wells


From the City of Shoreline


From Save Richmond Beach


From the Media

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