Three requests likely to keep city growing

The city of Enumclaw would grow by more than 200 acres and its population would increase by more than 200 citizens if three annexation proposals – all now winding their way through the legal process – come to fruition.

Such developments would have unheard of just a few years ago, when Enumclaw’s growth was stifled due to an inadequate sewage treatment plant. The state’s Department of Ecology had stepped in, deeming the city’s discharge into the White River did not meet contemporary standards.

Once the upgraded plant became operational, the city was free to consider both annexation proposals and plans for new housing subdivisions.

All the annexation proposals have been citizen-driven, not initiated by the city. However, the city has the final word on such issues, with crucial buy-in from King County’s Boundary Review Board.

The newest of the city annexation proposals straddles 268th Avenue Southeast, stretching between Southeast 424th and Southeast 432nd streets. Spearheaded by Richard Kranz, the proposal takes in 101 acres now zoned for residential use, consists of 42 separate parcels and is home to 85 people. If approved, the area could be divided into more than 200 lots.

The first step in the annexation process is for the petitioner to collect signatures from property owners representing at least 10 percent of the total assessed value. Kranz has apparently cleared that hurdle and the item was to be heard Monday night by members of the Enumclaw City Council.

The next step, if the council signed off on the 10 percent petition, will be for Kranz to collect signatures from those representing 60 percent of the assessed property value. If that step is achieved, the council sends the matter to the Boundary Review Board, which has the authority to accept, modify or reject the plan.

Then, finally, the council has to give the final nod.

Also in the works is the Lundeen Annexation, which would added 89.3 acres to the city roster, as well as an estimated 97 residents. Proponents Amy and Ryan Lundeen have already met the 60 percent threshold and the matter is in the city’s hands. Paperwork needs to be completed to send to the Boundary Review Board.

The Lundeen Annexation area runs north-south along state Route 169, north of the Enumclaw city limits. Nearly all is east of 169, with just a small portion on the west side of the road, and it includes the land housing Thunder Mountain Middle School.

A third item in the works is the Abbott-Blick Annexation, located along the south side of Southeast 432nd Street, stretching east from 286th Avenue Southeast.

Twelve acres in size, the annexation would add 10 existing parcels and 23 people.

It has cleared the initial city requirements, been OK’d by the Boundary Review Board and now awaits a final decision by the Enumclaw City Council.

Already authorized is the Harkness Annexation, which added approximately 300 acres to the city and brought in more than 200 new residents. The council passed the final ordinance in August.

Information on all annexation issues is available on the city’s website, Under Departments/Services, click on Community Development, then Planning, then Annexation.

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