Sammamish expects new development on 228th

January 12, 2014

By Administrator

New: Jan. 12, 10:14 a.m.

The city of Sammamish is working with residents on their concerns surrounding a new 122-home development going in along 228th Avenue, said Public Works Director Laura Philpot.

Philpot presented a brief overview of the proposed development to the City Council Jan. 7. The council was not required to take any action on the plan. Philpot characterized the presentation as a “head’s up.”

The new development will be on the east side of 228th, north of Southeast 20th Street and south of the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District headquarters – near the water tower.

The development will go on two parcels totaling a bit more than 31 acres, known as the Kampp property.

Philpot said the development will connect to 228th at the existing traffic light at Southeast 20th Street.

Councilwoman Nancy Whitten asked why the city would not require another connection to 228th in the hope it could relieve traffic on other streets. Philpot noted that would put too many connections along a relatively short stretch of 228th. She said there might be an option to work with the water district about connecting to its driveway at a future date.

Philpot said that residents in nearby neighborhoods had expressed concerns about the new development, and said the city was trying to work with them.

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One Response to “Sammamish expects new development on 228th”

  1. Michael Sullivan on January 12th, 2014 11:35 am

    This is a textbook example of the city trading its future in exchange for short term gains in its coffers, and why people in this city are becoming increasingly disillusioned with its leadership.

    No one in their right mind would want to live adjacent to 228th. It’s a busy street – lots of traffic noise, poor air quality, etc. There will be plenty of buyers, because there’s a demand for housing, it’s new and flashy, and it’ll be played up as “luxury living” by the marketers hired by the builder. But it’s not a smart decision because it’s valuable real estate that could be used for commercial purposes.

    Existing citizens will suffer because there is no way the traffic impact fees from this development will come close to improving 228th and its feeder routes enough to account for 122 new commuters being added to the daily rolls. This has been a repeated pattern of each development going into the city – Sammamish keeps adding more people but there’s no new infrastructure being added to account for the increase in population. Unlike the retired members sitting on the City Council, I commute to Redmond every day and I can tell you that traffic is getting worse year-over-year and neither Redmond nor the state are interested in paying for our city’s increasing population. That light at 202 and East Lake Sammamish Parkway isn’t going to fix itself no matter how much the City Council wishes it would.

    So, instead of the city shooting down foolish proposals like putting large housing developments along an already stressed commercial corridor, we see them embracing them and their resulting boost to our coffers. The only reason the city can trumpet their annual “no increase in property tax” cheer is because they keep selling out our quality of life for more housing. Count me in the group that would gladly pay more tax if it meant the housing situation was a little more carefully planned and thought out.

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