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Chain Lake subdivision goes back to hearing examiner
MONROE - The City Council sent a developer’s request to build 35 acres of tract homes off Chain Lake Road back to the hearing examiner for further consideration last week.
The council’s unanimous decision to remand the examiner’s recommendation to approve the subdivision happened after a closed-door discussion that lasted more than 30 minutes. The council wants to make sure the development meets code guidelines for planned residential developments and requirements for subdividing a plat.
City hearing examiner Carl Cox was required to return a decision on March 5 after press time. Last month Cox determined the city took all the right environmental steps to approve the 146-home Eaglemont subdivision proposed by RAD Development.
Neighbors in the Sinclair Heights Homeowners Association appealed the plans in December on traffic and water runoff concerns. They argue the city doesn’t have wide enough roads to accommodate the subdivision, and the development could send water toward their homes. They want a full environmental impact statement prepared.
The center of the subdivision is at 13611 197th Ave. SE in northeast Monroe. There’s one way to get there from downtown: Go north on Chain Lake Road and turn left on Rainier View Road.
Neighbors say the roads can’t accommodate the traffic the development will create.
A traffic engineer for RAD wrote the intersections are good enough to handle the traffic load. The “intersections will operate better than the City of Monroe acceptable level of service standard,” Gibson Traffic Consultants wrote in a report for RAD submitted to the hearing examiner.
RAD will have to build a second access road for the subdivision after the first 63-lot phase is built, city public works director Brad Feilberg said last week.
The city is requiring streetlights to be built to handle the traffic.
The closed-door discussion was a last-minute addition to the agenda. Going into the meeting, the council was given the recommendation to approve the 146-house tract development.
The council made no comments before passing the motion to send the issue back to the hearing examiner.

 

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