Members of the Enumclaw City Council recently gave unanimous “final plat” approval for two subdivisions that aim to add more new homes to Enumlaw’s growing inventory.
In the larger of the two, the proponent, JK Monarch Homes, is now allowed to develop 16 lots on 4.88 acres of land in an area already bustling with new-home activity. The subdivision sits along the east side of Semanski Street, south of Roosevelt Avenue.
The second approval allows Person Investment Properties to carve 2.37 acres into 10 residential units on the city’s north side. The property sits on the east side of Division Street, north of McHugh Avenue.
In each case, preliminary approval had been given and it was noted all requirements had been met. Both developments call for a stormwater pond aside from the building lots. The development on Semanski also requires the addition of a new city street aligning with the existing Terry Lane.
In other action during their first meeting of March, members of the council:
• received a verbal report from the Visit Rainier organization.
Stepping to the podium was Mailee Anderson, who offered a broad overview of the Visit Rainier effort and, specifically, what it has done for Enumclaw.
The city supports Visit Rainier financially, as do many other cities and towns ringing the mountain. Money is provided so the organization can use its marketing efforts to draw in visitors and their expendable dollars.
“We had a good year,” Anderson said in her opening, adding that Visit Rainier exists to highlight the many lodging and dining opportunities in various foothills communities, along with special events and attractions.
With regard to lodging referrals, Anderson said Visit Rainier recorded 1,200 referrals in 2016 and saw a “gigantic spike” to 3,600 the following year. Another double-digit increase came in 2018.
Making the news even better, Anderson said, was that revenues were up 14 percent a year ago.
With regard to www.visit rainier.com, “there is tons of new Enumclaw content on the website,” Anderson said. Across all social media platforms, she said, 50 different Enumclaw events were shared.
• unanimously approved a proposal that changes requirements for members of the city’s Park Board.
Previously, the Enumclaw Municipal Code stated that the board consist of seven members and that five must reside within the city limits. The Parks and Recreation Service area extends beyond the city boundaries. Members of the Park Board suggested that the makeup be changed so only a simple majority must reside within the city.