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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
The draft EIS is on the way!
As a resident of Shoreline, you should be concerned about a proposed large residential development at Point Wells, located on the shore of Puget Sound immediately north of the King-Snohomish county line in the Richmond Beach neighborhood.
In the planning stages for more than 5 years, there will be over 3,000 new housing units in more than 40 towers, some up to 180 feet tall, with about 125,000 sq. ft. of commercial or retail space and more than 6000 residents, all at the end of a single 2 lane road. This development is reasonably projected to add up to 20,000 additional daily vehicle trips to Shoreline’s road system. It’s easy to imagine we could have gridlock at Aurora Ave. intersections during peak morning and evening rush hours.
if you are concerned about how a development the size of a small city will affect you and your neighborhood, you may have only one more chance to register your concerns to local officials! Snohomish County has announced they will release a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) before the end of the year. Once it is released, you will have only a 45 day period to submit comments expressing your concerns.
How can you help?
The most important thing you can do is to decide to get involved. Once the draft EIS is released, we need you to submit comments to Snohomish County. We'll help you do that by sponsoring a workshop later this year that will teach you how to submit a comment letter, and we'll even provide you with a specific list of issues and problems we found in the EIS.
But you don't have to wait for the draft EIS to be released. There are three steps you can take today.
- First, you can review the list of topics shown below. These are the areas that the draft EIS will be covering.
- Second, if you know anyone who is an expert in one of these areas and who might be willing to help us review the EIS for errors or omissions, please let us know. You can email us at Pointwells@RichmondBeachWA.org.
- Third, if you know now any topic(s) you would like to comment on, please email us at Pointwells@RichmondBeachWA.org, giving us your contact information and topics. We will make sure we contact you directly when the EIS is published.
Please share this information with any Shoreline Residents you know...family, friends and neighbors...as the impacts are City-wide.
Draft EIS Topics
- Transportation, including lack of adequate mitigation to address many issues such as: second access road requirement, dramatically increased traffic volume throughout the Shoreline and Town of Woodway areas west of I-5, cut-through traffic in local neighborhoods, pedestrian and bicycle safety, inadequate and incorrect traffic modeling for the transportation analysis, negative impacts from expanded roadway encroachment on existing properties along the Richmond Beach Drive and Richmond Beach Road corridor, failure to provide new commuter rail station/stop at the development site.
- Earth, including hazards caused by steep slopes, landslides, erosion, liquefaction, earthquakes.
- Plants and Animals, including danger to aquatic plant wildlife, onsite wildlife habitat, fisheries habitat, on-site and nearshore wetland areas.
- Environmental Health, including risks of long-term, site contamination and associated remediation/cleanup.
- Water Resources, including negative impacts from storm-water runoffs into Puget Sound, flood plain areas adjacent to the site, sea level-rise, tsunamis.
- Noise, including new construction for the next twenty years, constant traffic noise from 20,000 more vehicle trips daily.
- Aesthetics, including adverse impacts on the nearby community due to building heights of towers, blockage of views that are a fundamental part of the aesthetic character of the surrounding area, light and glare from 3,000 units housing 6,000 people.
- Land Use Plans and Policies, including inconsistency with the character of the surrounding single family residential neighborhoods, conflicts with existing plans and policies for the City of Shoreline, Snohomish County, and Town of Woodway.
- Historic and Cultural Resources, including potential damage to underground archaeological, historic, or tribal resources on site.
- Public Services for New Residents, including insufficient public infrastructure and inadequate addition of services for police, fire, emergency, schools, parks, libraries, plus insufficient emergency response times .