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Mill Creek’s Hearing Examiner grants binding site plan for Polygon Northwest’s East Gateway Urban Village development

Polygon Northwest continues to make progress on their East Gateway Urban Village multi-used development.

On July 9, 2013, Kimberly Allen, Mill Creek’s Hearing Examiner, granted a binding site plan for the development because, “With conditions, the proposed Binding Site Plan would be consistent with the City Code, Comprehensive Plan, and other City policies, goals, and objectives.”

Allen’s 75-page decision includes a total of 73 detailed conditions to which Polygon Northwest must conform during the development. These conditions include:

The City Manager's Desk: Strategic Planning

Ken Armstrong, Mill Creek City Manager, discusses Mill Creek’s strategic planning process. This article is being reproduced at no charge as a public service.

In the last issue of the Mill Creek View, I indicated that subsequent columns would deal with topical and relevant issues.  The subject of the first article is “strategic planning.” 

There has already been a lot written in the Mill Creek View about the City’s Strategic Plan.  Despite that, many people still do not know what strategic planning is, or why it is important for the City to undergo a strategic planning process. 

Surface Water Management considers rate restructuring

Snohomish County’s Surface Water Management Division is seeking input as it gathers comments and ideas to balance programs and services with changing needs.

Input needed on services; residents asked to complete online survey

Snohomish County’s Surface Water Management Division is seeking input as it gathers comments and ideas to balance programs and services with changing needs.

The process could potentially lead to a countywide restructuring of Surface Water Management rates. Surface Water Management invites you to participate in an online survey and provide input at www.survey.surfacewater.info.

Put your leadership skills into action by volunteering on Snohomish County’s Council on Aging

The Snohomish County Council on Aging (COA) is seeking vibrant new members for terms beginning January 2014.

The Snohomish County Council on Aging (COA) is seeking vibrant new members for terms beginning January 2014. Snohomish County residents interested in the needs and issues facing older persons and younger persons with disabilities are asked to apply for membership on the COA. The COA manages federal, state and local funds targeted for our elderly citizens.

We are continuing to build an even more effective Council on Aging to promote the physical and emotional well-being of senior Snohomish County residents,” said Council Chair Ron Vivion.

Stuck in a backup? Washington State Patrol suspects texting to blame

The Washington State Patrol is beginning to suspect that many of the collisions which cause traffic backups and delays are caused by people who are texting and driving at relatively low speeds.

The Washington State Patrol is beginning to suspect that many of the collisions which cause traffic backups and delays are caused by people who are texting and driving at relatively low speeds.

Those backups impede traffic, frustrate other drivers, and impact the state’s economy by interfering with freight mobility.

Mill Creek’s Waste Management Northwest contract extension provides benefits to the City and residents

The City of Mill Creek extended their existing solid waste contract with Waste Management Northwest for two more years rather than going through an extensive request for proposal (RFP) process.

The City of Mill Creek extended their existing solid waste contract with Waste Management Northwest for two more years rather than going through an extensive request for proposal (RFP) process.

At their June 25th, 2013 meeting the Mill Creek City Council voted unanimously to extend Waste Management Northwest’s contract to June 30, 2015.

Tom Gathmann, Mill Creek Public Works Director, recommended the contract extension to give the City time to consider its options, “Several other cities in the region are in the RFP and evaluation process at this time, which provides the opportunity of reviewing the latest solid waste contract provisions and rates prior to finalizing our next long-term contract.”

Mill Creek seeking volunteers to fill two Design Review Board vacancies

The City of Mill Creek is seeking two volunteers to fill vacancies on the Design Review Board, with a term that expires on August 31, 2016.

The City of Mill Creek is seeking two volunteers to fill vacancies on the Design Review Board, with a term that expires on August 31, 2016.

Because of the technical qualifications required by this position, it can be difficult to find qualified volunteers. It is not necessary for the volunteer to live in Mill Creek.

A letter of interest is due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Design Review Board meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 5:15 PM.

The Design Review Board was created to review and make urban design decisions that will promote visual quality throughout the City. The Design Review Board reviews all site plans, building elevations, landscaping and monument signs for attached single-family residential, multifamily residential, industrial, and commercial developments.

Be prepared for delays along Village Green Drive beginning July 8th

Broken sidewalks and curbs were removed in June and the sidewalk sections were temporarily filled with crushed rock as a safety measure.

Be prepared for some construction delays along Village Green Drive beginning July 8th, 2013 as workers pour concrete to repair sidewalks and curbs. Additional projects will begin later in the month.

Broken sidewalks and curbs were removed in June and the sidewalk sections were temporarily filled with crushed rock as a safety measure.

Approximately 100 Mill Creek sites are scheduled for various repairs this summer and fall, including a significant reconstruction of the sidewalk near the Mill Creek Country Club golf course at the intersection of Village Green Drive and County Club Drive.

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