By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
The Mill Creek City Council appointed 15 people to the Mill Creek Boulevard Corridor Subarea Advisory Committee at their June 4 2019, meeting.
Selected from a list of 24 applicants who submitted letters or emails of interest, the advisory committee represents Mill Creek business and property owners, Mill Creek residents, Community Transit planners, and City of Mill Creek board members and public officials.
The City of Mill Creek has begun to create a land use and infrastructure plan for the Mill Creek Boulevard subarea, located along Mill Creek Boulevard roughly between the Mill Creek Town Center and 164th Street SE.
The mostly two-story office buildings and single story shopping centers located in this subarea were developed in the 1980s. Although none of the property owners here are currently considering redevelopment, city planners want to create a comprehensive plan identifying a long-term vision for the subarea.
Another driving factor for the study is Community Transit’s plan for another Swift Bus line to begin service in 2024, which will run between McCollum Park Park & Ride and Edmonds Community College. The planned route runs through Mill Creek via the Bothell-Everett Highway and 164th Street SE.
Reconfiguring Mill Creek Boulevard from Bothell-Everett Highway to 164th Street SE and the associated intersections would enable Swift Buses to better navigate the area.
On April 23, 2019, city council approved a $300,000 consulting contract with The Otak Team to complete two separate, but associated planning projects.
First, The Otak Team will work with city staff and an advisory committee to establish a long-term vision for the Mill Creek Boulevard subarea.
Second, the consultant will prepare an infrastructure plan that will provide a framework for necessary capital improvements including road and intersection changes, aging surface water system repairs, and surface water quality improvements.
The advisory committee members will provide input and guidance to The Otak Team and city staff in the preparation of the subarea’s long-term vision. They will participate in visioning sessions and design workshops, as well as representing other community members or coworkers that they know.
The following advisory committee members were selected by the Mill Creek City Council at their June 4th meeting:
- Park Board - Peter Lilac,
- Art & Beautification Board - Benjamin Briles,
- Community Transit - Christopher Silveira,
- Mill Creek Boulevard Subarea Property Owner - Tim Panos,
- Mill Creek Town Center Business Association - Steve Knox,
- Mill Creek Chamber of Commerce - Jason Wingert,
- Design Review Board - David Hambelton, (Tina Hastings alternate),
- Planning Commission - Matthew Nolan, Daniel Mills, Dennis Teschlog, (Nicolas Marin alternate),
- General Public - Zachary Anderson, Jon Ramer, (Watson alternate),
- City Council - Stephanie Vignal, Mike Todd, Brian Holtzclaw, (Pam Pruitt alternate).
Mill Creek Boulevard Corridor study area. Image courtesy of City of Mill Creek.