Bonney Lake plans annexation of properties Kelley Creek Vista and Delany property

The city of Bonney Lake is looking to get a little bigger by proposing an annexation agreement to the Pierce County Council this fall.

The city of Bonney Lake is looking to get a little bigger by proposing an annexation agreement to the Pierce County Council this fall.

The two areas the city would like to incorporate are the Kelley Creek Vista neighborhood and Delany property, both of which are currently considered a part of unincorporated Pierce County.

Plans have been in the works to annex these two areas since January 2015, because the county wants pockets of unincorporated areas in cities to be annexed.

“We want to get rid of unincorporated islands in the city and create logical boundaries for the city,” said city Senior Planner Jason Sullivan. “We’re not looking at it in terms of cost-benefit analysis.”

RCW 35A.14.460, passed in 2003, allows cities to enter into interlocal agreements with their counties to annex areas that are within the city’s urban growth area and have at least 60 percent of the area’s boundaries adjoining city limits.

Sullivan said that while other counties have already taken advantage of this law, this will be Pierce County’s first time to do this.

“We’re setting up the model for other cities in Pierce County,” he said.

Areas being annexed

The Kelley Creek Vista area is between Fennel Creek and Lake Tapps, and is approximately 93 acres in size. The proposed annexation includes a section of Church Lake Road East, the entirety of 196th Avenue East and half of 82nd Street Court East, plus some undeveloped land.

The Delany area, located along state Route 410 on the far east end of the city, includes the Apex Auto Glass building and the part of 229th Avenue East where the road meets the highway. This area is about an acre and a half large.

Under Pierce County, the Kelley Creek Vista area has Moderate Density Single-Family land-use designation. If the annexation is approved by the county, the pre-annexation land-use designation would change to Single Family Residential.

The city has yet to establish a pre-annexation zoning classification for the area, but the corresponding zoning classification to the pre-annexation land use designation is Single Family Residential: R-1.

“It’s basically the same zoning class,” said Sullivan.

The Delany area is currently designated and zoned as a Community Center area by the county. If the annexation is approved by the county, the designation and zoning would change to be a part of Eastown.

Services, like fire, sewer, water, power and schools will not change in these areas, but property owners in these areas could see some benefits.

According to Sullivan, water and sewer rates for people living within the city limits is approximately 40 percent lower than in unincorporated Pierce County.

Additionally, property taxes may go down slightly, as city residents don’t have to pay a county road tax.

City residents do have to pay a city property tax, Sullivan added, but the property tax is less than the county road tax.

The Pierce County Council and the city will be holding public hearings on the annexation and notices of the hearing and the agreement will be published in the Courier-Herald.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@courierherald.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.courierherald.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 500 words or less.

More in News

King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn
Dunn moves to establish an art competition for youth

If approved, the first competition would be held fall of 2022.

The view down Buckley’s Main Street. Photo by Alex Bruell
Buckley receives $50,000 in grants to revitalize downtown core

Money will go toward non-profit dedicated to making Main Street pop

Police lights
Pierce County Sheriff investigating fatal shooting in Buckley

Shooting reportedly followed an altercation in a small garage / shed

T
King County’s unemployment rate lower than most of Washington

South King County has been slower to recover compared to North King County.

Seattle Children’s Hospital (Courtesy photo)
Seattle Children’s Hospital identifies racial disparities in infections, security response

The healthcare provider did not respond to multiple requests for data used to identify disparities.

Carpenters union members peacefully strike on Sept. 16 in downtown Bellevue (photo by Cameron Sheppard)
Carpenters union strike on pause after “illegal picketing activity”

Union spokesperson claims wildcat protestors harrassed and threatened violence.

t
Peter Rogoff to step down as Sound Transit CEO in 2022

Became CEO in 2016; search for replacement to begin

File photo/Sound Publishing
Ban on single-use plastic bags in WA begins Oct. 1

Shoppers will have the choice to pay for a reusable plastic or recycled paper bag.

Image courtesy Public Health Insider
New data dashboard tracks COVID risk for unvaccinated people | Public Health Insider

No vaccine is 100 percent protective, but unvaccinated people are 7 times more likely to catch COVID and 49 times more likely to be hospitalized.

Most Read