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MEDIATION FAILS: SNOHOMISH LAYS CLAIM TO LAND
February 07, 2009
(SNOHOMISH, WA) -- Mediation efforts between the cities of Snohomish and Lake Stevens over a relatively small plot of land have been unsuccessful so Snohomish city leaders plan to lay claim to the land as a way to settle the matter.
The Snohomish City Council voted unanimously this week to designate the land, about 600 acres situated north from U.S. Highway 2 to 36th Street Southeast and East to 107th Ave Southeast, as the “North Planning Area.”
Although the term planning area has no official weight in state law city officials are using the term as a way to communicate they plan to add this land to their growth area sometime in the future and to make sure any development that happens on the land meets the city's objectives.
Snohomish and Lake Stevens officials have been going back and forth over this plot of land for the last three years as each city seeks the legal right to add the land to its boundaries in the future. Both cities say the land is important for commercial developments that would supply jobs and tax money.
Following six months of efforts to resolve the matter with the help of a mediator, Lake Stevens officials last week rejected seven proposals for sharing the land with Snohomish.