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What do you want? City wants to know

Public input workshop 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at Everett Station’s Weyerhaeuser Room

EVERETT - In a recent survey, Everett residents say they want more historic preservation, new growth to happen in downtown and they don’t want Everett to become like Seattle, even though they love visiting there.
The city wants more input as it shapes its comprehensive plan. The comprehensive plan will guide city planning over the next two decades.
The public is invited to share their vision at a workshop 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at Everett Station’s Weyerhaeuser Room. The workshop will focus on where growth should be encouraged, housing, transportation and quality of life issues.
The survey got about 250 responses, but notably missing was input from south Everett. A mere 23 people from south Everett, defined as south of state Route 526, responded. A dominant share of the respondents live north of 41st Street.
City planners aren’t certain why south Everett didn’t respond but want to get south Everett’s input.
At the Pinehurst-Beverly Park Neighborhood meeting last week, a few people in that central Everett neighborhood said they never received notice that the survey was out.
The city sent notices that the survey was online on its website and encouraged neighborhood leaders to spread the word.
In the survey, people responded that they want growth be directed toward downtown and in the Everett Station area. They also want growth to happen along existing corridors such as Broadway and Evergreen Way.
The public’s desired places for more density align with the planning department’s existing plans for future density buildup, planning director Allan Giffen said in January.
A large segment of respondents ­— 40 percent — said they are OK with duplexes and guest houses in single-family neighborhoods.
Half the respondents said they want more sidewalks and transit service to have funding priority.
Almost all of the respondents said they want historic preservation considered if not required as the city grows.
The public also is eager for light rail lines in Everett, although it will be at least 10 years before Sound Transit may bring that here pending a public vote sometime in the next few years to increase taxes, similar to the prior regional ST2 vote.
The city’s planning department would prefer light rail to run past Boeing and through the city into downtown, but that could require eating up a lot of real estate. The city prefers that route versus having light rail lines parallel Interstate 5 because a parallel line would benefit commuters to Seattle instead of in-town workers.
The city of Snohomish ranked as the most common answer of the public’s favorite place to visit in the survey.
The city posted a censored version of the survey results online at www.everettwa.org/Get_PDF.aspx?pdfID=7666.
The comprehensive plan will be adopted in mid-2015.

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