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Councilmember John Koster  November 21, 2008



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 John Koster
Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
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Phone: 425-388-3494
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Barbara Chapman, Legislative Aide

Community Meeting Dec. 11


Proposals Would Reduce Allowed Density in Rural Cluster Subdivisions
County Councilmember John Koster will host a public meeting Thursday, December 11th to discuss proposals to reduce the allowable density in Rural Cluster Subdivisions.


The meeting will be held at Arlington's Pioneer Hall, 20722 67th Ave. N.E. from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


The Rural Cluster Subdivision documents are available for review and download from the County's web site  Search the Council's Long-Term Hearing Calendar listing for January 7, 2009.

Why I Supported a Six-Month Moratorium
on Fully Contained Communities
I have received several e-mails regarding my support for a moratorium on applications for Fully Contained Community (FCC).  My response follows:

The County Council spent 3 � years working on this ordinance. We held numerous public hearings and attempted to address the public's concerns. Many of the same concerns were mentioned during our Oct. 29th Public Hearing.

FCCs are permitted by the Growth Management Act and there are certain requirements in the state statute for locating FCCs.  By the time the Council approved the ordinance we added requirements that went beyond those requirements of the State.

 When the moratorium came up some months ago via an emergency ordinance, I questioned the Prosecuting Attorney's office regarding the ability for an application to vest. The alleged reason the moratorium was an emergency some months ago was based on the fear that one can vest such an application.

The PA's office has informed the Council in no uncertain terms that an FCC application cannot vest. Per the ordinance, a FCC requires a "development agreement" - not the same as a typical development application that can vest. That fact alone allows the Council to change the requirements/regulations for an FCC at any time during the process. No emergency exists - or ever existed.  

However, upon consideration of testimony at the Oct 29th hearing, I came to the conclusion that the ordinance can and should be revisited for consideration of appropriate revisions. I believe that 6 months is adequate time to consider revisions, and I supported the six-month moratorium.

John Koster


Presentation to the Marysville-Tulalip Chamber on October 31, 2008

Paine Field: Let's Take a Breath

By County Councilmember John Koster

It is plain to see that emotions run high about commercial air service at Paine Field. Let's all take a deep breath, step back from the heat of the issue for a moment, and take a sober look at the realities of the situation...

See the entire speech

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 9, 2008: Koster co-signs proclamation declaring Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Snohomish County...
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John Koster
Snohomish County Council