By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
At their Tuesday, February 26, 2019, meeting, the Mill Creek City Council will have a second chance to discuss East Gateway Urban Village’s newest proposed development, The Farm at Mill Creek.
City staff and the developer will present the negotiated development agreement that they have been working on since April 2018 when The Farm at Mill Creek’s application was deemed complete by the city.
At their February 19, 2019, meeting city staff and developer Ryan Patterson presented background information on the East Gateway Urban Village’s history, the city’s land use policies and regulations that govern East Gateway Urban Village developments, the history of developments in that district, and specifics regarding the new mixed-use facility.
Senior Planner Christi Amrine told the city council that The Farm at Mill Creek development proposal meets the following land use policies and regulations that they and their predecessors previously approved:
- Multi-family residential above ground floor commercial.
- Open space including parks and plazas.
- Commercial and retail uses on ground floor including retail sales and services, business and professional offices, medical offices, and dental clinics.
- Parking structures.
Back in 2015 the city council halted East Gateway Urban Village developments so that they could re-evaluate land uses policies because a number of councilmembers didn’t want to see additional apartments built in Mill Creek.
At the February 19th meeting Amrine told the city council the developer would pay approximately $2,500,000 in Everett School District, city park, and city traffic mitigation fees when the development is approved.
Patterson said he estimated that the new development should generate about $500,000 per year in property and sales tax revenue for the city. He went on to say that The Farm at Mill Creek’s construction should provide an additional $600,000 to $700,000 in sales tax revenue.
At the February 19th meeting Patterson told the city council he purchased an adjacent 61 acres of land from Pacific Topsoils that he plans to restore and develop as a city wetlands park.
Unlike other areas of the city, the Mill Creek City Council must approve all East Gateway Urban Village development agreements before turning things over to the city’s hearing examiner and city staff for final reviews.
It may be that not all of the city council wants to see another multi-use development built that increases the demand for schools and city services. However, they run the risk of being sued by the developer if they disapprove a development agreement that meets the city’s land use policies and regulations which they previously approved.
The Farm at Mill Creek's proposed site plan. Image courtesy of City of Mill Creek.