Aldarra and Montaine bring back annexation

February 10, 2010

By J.B. Wogan

New: Feb. 10, 11:32 a.m.
The Aldarra Estates and Montaine neighborhoods are one step closer to becoming part of Sammamish.
Residents turned in signatures from 173 of the 272 property owners Feb. 1.
These property owners represent more than 60 percent of the total property values in the two neighborhoods.
The neighborhoods straddle Duthie Hill Road, just southeast of Sammamish city limits.   Graphic by Dona MokinThe petition would increase the city in size by 93.3 acres and in population by 832 people.
The new signatures revive a year-old petition that appeared in limbo.
Petitioners from both neighborhoods expressed interest in annexing into Sammamish as early as 2007.
The neighborhoods filed separate petitions to join Sammamish in February 2008.
At the time, the Community Development Department in Sammamish didn’t have a set process for reviewing annexation petitions.
The department’s director, Kamuron Gurol, told both neighborhoods to come back later.
Since then, the city established an annexation process and the City Council approved two annexations, increasing the city in size by 117.7 acres and in population by 390 residents.
In April 2009, residents from the Aldarra Estates and Montaine neighborhoods returned with a joint annexation petition; the petition included enough signatures to exceed the required 10 percent threshold.
The council voted 6-0 in favor of advancing the neighborhoods to the second stage of the annexation process.
City officials noted that they had concerns about how the annexation would impact fire protection costs.
They also reminded petitioners that joining Sammamish would not impact school district boundaries — some residents in the Aldarra Estates and Montaine neighborhoods have expressed interest in switching from the Snoqualmie Valley School District to the Issaquah School District.
The neighborhoods are located by the intersection of Southeast Duthie Hill Road and Trossachs Boulevard Southeast.
The council is likely to review the petition in March or April, according to Emily Arteche, a city planner.
If the council approves the measure, it would go to a county review board and then back to the council for final approval.
Reporter J.B. Wogan can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 247, or jbwogan@isspress.com.
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