Seattle Hill North Coast LLC is planning to develop Seattle Ridge, a new 16-lot housing development on Seattle Hill Road in Mill Creek. The four-acre property is located at 14616 Seattle Hill Road, just north of the intersection of Seattle Hill Road and 148th Street SE.
According to Camille Chriest, Mill Creek Senior Planner, “The proposal is to subdivide the property into 16 lots for single-family home development. As proposed, a 50-foot wide vegetated roadway buffer with sidewalk will be provided adjacent to Seattle Hill Road and there will be two common open space/park areas. Access to the plat will be off Seattle Hill Road and will extend through to the existing 146th Street SE road stub-out in the plat of Webster's Pond.”
Chriest said that the development proposal Preliminary Plat File Number PP 13-65, has been deemed complete by the City and has recently been reviewed by the City’s Technical Review Committee.
According to Mill Creek’s published description of the development permit review process, “The Technical Review Committee is composed of representatives from City departments, special districts such as water and fire districts, WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation), PUD (Snohomish County PUD), Community Transit, and representatives from Snohomish County Public Works and Community Development. The TRC (Technical Review Board) reviews the application for compliance with City policies and regulations and identifies specific concerns or matters related to the provision of services or impacts on public facilities.”
According to Chriest, “Comments from the Technical Review Committee were compiled and sent to the project applicant.”
“Additional information, including a supplemental traffic study that addresses travel times, traffic distribution, and potential traffic calming measures, have been requested from the applicant.”
A number of Webster’s Pond residents are concerned about the extension of 146th Street SE into the new development.
Chriest said that the supplemental traffic study requested from the developer will determine the effect of the new housing development on neighboring street traffic and traffic calming measures may be required to mitigate any traffic increases through Webster’s Pond.
The public will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed preliminary plat at a public hearing conducted by the City’s Hearing Examiner, which Chriest believes will likely happen in late August or September this year.
The Hearing Examiner reviews the proposed development for compliance with the City’s code, hears public testimony, and issues a decision on the proposal.
If the preliminary plat is approved, actual site construction could begin early in 2014.