Last week, the Snohomish County Council authorized substantial upzones in seven urban villages, which may initiate a sequence that adds another station to North Sounder:
The ordinance allows for buildings up to 90 feet high, though a developer could build 180-foot structures by showing a need for more density…
There are six other urban centers: Highway 99 at the Mukilteo Speedway; Highway 99 at 152nd Street SW; I-5 at 164th Street SW; I-5 at 128th Street SW; 44th Avenue W. near the Mountlake Terrace-Lynnwood city line; and the Bothell-Everett Highway at Maltby Road.
Two of these are along Swift; three others will probably be served either by ST2 or ST3. The other is about a mile from the Canyon Park P&R. More good stuff below the jump.
It’s the seventh location, however, that’s most intriguing:
Point Wells is the only zoned urban center that is not near a highway or freeway. It is only reachable from the south by two-lane Richmond Beach Drive in Shoreline, which is in King County… Representatives for Point Wells owners Paramount of Washington LLC, part of Texas-based Alon USA Energy, have said to help alleviate traffic they would pay to build a new stop for the Sounder Commuter Rail train that runs through the 60-acre property.
The question of whether Sound Transit would entertain this option is ultimately up to the board, but given that the Snohomish delegation is a creature of the same Council that approved this plan, I wouldn’t anticipate problems. Sound Move also had a “provisional station” at nearby Richmond Beach if funding became available, so it’s even in scope.
Importantly, the Council retains ultimate authority when city and developer can’t agree, which should tamp down the NIMBYism:
If the sides cannot agree, the county is required to convene a design panel of experts to make recommendations. In those cases, applications would go to the county hearing examiner for final approval.
Very progressive-libertarian, especially since “green” Seattle can’t seem to get much above three stories around some light rail stations.