Town of Woodway files lawsuit against Snohomish County, Point Wells developer

Richmond Beach Drive looking north to Point Wells in a photo taken earlier this year. (Photo courtesy Shoreline Area News)

The Town of Woodway and the non-profit community group Save Richmond Beach announced Monday that they have filed a lawsuit against Snohomish County and Point Wells developer Blue Square Real Estate (BSRE). The lawsuit seeks to prohibit Snohomish County from continuing to process the developer’s application for a mixed-use development at Point Wells.

“The Town supports the redevelopment of Point Wells. But we cannot support the county and developer’s vision of 7,000 new residents at this remote site,” said Woodway Mayor Carla Nichols.

The 61-acre Point Wells is largely surrounded by Woodway and Puget Sound, with the only entrance being a very narrow, two-lane road located in Woodway that passes through Shoreline’s Richmond Beach neighborhood.

The current lawsuit follows a recent ruling by the state’s Growth Management Hearings Board, which found the county’s designation of the Point Wells site as an urban center invalid and illegal under the Growth Management Act and state environmental protection laws.

Town of Woodway administrator Eric Faison said that Woodway has attempted to have its concerns addressed through negotiation wth both the county and the developer, but so far has been unsuccessful. “We really do not believe that litigation is the best solution to this problem,” Faison said. “Unfortunately, we’ve reached the point where our options are limited.”

  1. I am proud of our leadership in the Town of Woodway and our friends at Save Richmond Beach to be standing up and saying no to excess, greed, and overdevelopment in an area that is best suited for small, tasteful respectful, and symbiotic to the surrounding communities. To try and fit 7,000 people into a community that has no infrasturcture to support it, which will make roads dangreous and change the ambience of the area, lacks grace, thoughtfulness and consideration for this area we all call home. There is nothing worse than flashing your money in destructive and heartless activity. I am ashamed at Snohomish County for their ignoring the sentiment of their taxpayers. I sat in on a meeting where I saw members of Snohomish County Council make faces in ridicule of our opposition and whisper comments to each other. Hopefully they gain some maturity, take the time and effort to look at the location and really examine the momumental plan being proposed, and come to their senses before they live with their actions of contaminating our town and Richmond Beach with the poorly thought out legacy of their political career.

  2. This is funny, looks like Woodway did not learn from the last lawsuit ! when this new development is complete, and people are enjoying it , the city coffers are full of dollars, services are added,no new levy’s to increase taxes, all these things that have a positive impact, the anger will go away, Woodway you have a opportunity to be part of something special, take part in it embrace it, dont become stale like the city of Edmonds to the point we have to go to another city or town to spend our money and have a good time, allow quality development, Im sure you are enjoying the tax revenue from Woodway Estates, you fought that and look what happened, 50 lots turned into 93.

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