Status Update – November 20, 2013

Last August the City of Lynnwood applied for a Conservation Futures Grant to purchase and preserve the Seabrook Heights property. This application was successful, and the city was awarded $5 million for this purpose. If Lynnwood buys the Seabrook property, it will adjoin land to the south that it already owns. This is potentially great news for those of us who are concerned about the preservation of Meadowdale Beach Park because it will preserve a substantial, forested buffer on the north side of the park.

However, while the City of Lynnwood is optimistic that price negotiations with the owner of the Seabrook property will be successful, there is no certainty that the parties will agree to a sale.

Meanwhile, CGNBN’s hydrologist, together with representatives of Snohomish County and Seabrook’s developer have mapped a substantial wetland on property adjoining Seabrook to the south and west. Discovery of this wetland now requires the developer to provide the County Planning department with an updated proposal.

We, the board of CGNBN, are optimistic that Lynnwood will be able to buy and preserve Seabrook, but we will continue to monitor the permitting process and respond appropriately.

We appreciate your continuing support.

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Update of Status – June 7, 2013

Since last September, we the board of CGNBN and our hydrology expert reviewed the developer’s second amended proposal for developing Seabrook Heights. We mailed our concerns and comments to the Snohomish County planner last November.

On January 11, 2013 the County planner issued her third review and comment letter requesting additional information and pointing out discrepancies in the plans.

On May 21, 2013 the developer responded to the planner with a few changes and comments comprising a much smaller document package than that of the prior three proposals. We will respond to the planner with our comments on this latest package within the next several weeks.

Meanwhile, we encourage you to become a party of record (see the page “What Can I Do”). We also need contributions to support our preparation for a hearing on this proposal which may occur later this year. The easy way to donate is to click the orange button on this page.

Thank you for your continuing support.

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New Activity September 18, 2012

The developer of Seabrook Heights has resubmitted documents for the next review cycle.

The Seabrook Heights development at 6614 Fisher Road had been dormant since February 22, 2012 when the county planner issued her second review comment letter. This comment letter contained 51 questions, issues, or requests for information.

The CGNBN board will obtain and study these resubmission documents and provide our comments to the county planner in a timely fashion.

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Neighborhood Meeting Thursday March 1st Time: 7 p.m.

Where: St. Hilda St. Patrick Church, 15224 52nd Avenue W, Edmonds, WA

West Edmonds Washington is a special place. Tourists and nearby neighborhoods enjoy Meadowdale Beach Park. The park and its surroundings have an environment and tranquility that are quintessentially Northwest.

Today, this is being THREATENED ONCE MORE by a risky and dangerous proposed residential development. The proposal wants to shoehorn 72 homes atop the steep hillsides above the Park. Studies indicate that significant changes to the landscaping and the usage of the area above the park brings the very real threat of potential landslides, flooding, congestion and pollution. Our quality of life and the integrity of the park is now at stake.

So what will become of the forested hillsides, valuable salmon habitat, the diverse collection of wildlife, and the ability to walk and hike through a lush green park of striking beauty? Whether you are attracted to the park for its rare collection of old growth stumps of Douglas Fir and Sitka Spruce trees, or the salmon spawning, or the sweeping views of Puget Sound, or simply a sunset walk on the sandy beach, we all can appreciate what we stand to lose. It is up to us!

Citizens of Greater Norma Beach Neighborhood (CGNBN) is reaching out to our family, friends, neighbors, local leaders, and to all who care about preserving and protecting this remaining vestige of Pacific Northwest beauty. With the support of informed citizens we can stop this unwise development.

We would like to extend a warm invitation to you to attend our next friendly neighborhood meeting to discuss the details of this risky proposal to significantly alter the Park’s precarious upland area into a 72 home development project.

David C. Allais
Chairman PathGuide Technologies, Inc.
425-438-2899 X750
www.pathguide.com

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Seabrook Heights Development Update: General Neighborhood Meeting Well Attended

The Citizens for Greater Norma Beach Neighborhood (CGNBN) Board conducted a meeting regarding the proposed Seabrook Heights development on Thursday February 24, 7:00 pm at St. Hilda St Patrick Church. Information regarding the meeting was distributed throughout Meadowdale Park neighborhoods, placed on the windshields of cars in the Park’s parking lot and published in two Edmonds on-line news sites. Forty-three people attended the meeting.

The meeting included a presentation by the past CGNBN president , Barb Ingram, who showed slides demonstrating the beauty of Meadowdale Park and the damage done by storms and run-off that resulted in Park closures for several months and costly repair and restoration.

Her presentation was followed by current CGNBN president, David Allais, who reviewed CGNBN actions over a several year period in response to the developer’s first application in 2005. In 2009, the hearing Examiner denied the application because of issues involving storm water management and violations of the Snohomish County Code. She also pointed to the need for an Environmental Impact Statement.

A summary and comparison of the developer’s current application was presented. An initial evaluation of the new application by experts retained by CGNCN indicates there have been no substantial changes from the initial application (denied by the Hearing Examiner) that would reduce the impact of storm water run-off and potential damage to Meadowdale Park.

CGNBN treasurer, Kim Hayes, concluded the meeting with a summary of actions that homeowner’s and interested parties can take at this time:
• Become a Party of Record (see “What you can do” on website www.cgnbn.org)
• Tell your neighbors about the development and how they can become involved
• Visit the CGNBN website for updates – www.cgnbn.org
• Donate funds to help pay for expert opinions and attorney fees. Mail checks to: 7109 – 150th Place SW, Edmonds, WA 98026

After questions and answers the meeting was adjourned and attendees were invited to enjoy coffee and cookies.

Best Regards,

David C. Allais
President CGNBN

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