Point Wells


Present Status (as of May 10, 2017)
  • On May 10, 2017, Snohomish County provided some preliminary review comments to the applicant. These comments are on revisions to the project that the applicant submitted to Snohomish County on April 17, 2017 (details below under "Milestones"). Full review comments will take more time to complete.
  • Snohomish County expects that a revised application, including possible further revisions to be determined at a later date and provided by the applicant, will become a new alternative for study in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). Work on other aspects of the DEIS is on hold until Snohomish County determines that a satisfactory new alternative has been submitted by the applicant. 
Overview

Point Wells is a lowland extending into Puget Sound with a proposal by Blue Square Real Estate to redevelop the current industrial uses into 3,081 condominiums plus amenities such as restaurants and public beach access. It is at the extreme southwest corner of Snohomish County, with access to the site from Richmond Beach Drive. Redevelopment would take place in four phases. Each phase would have a single underground parking garage with multiple buildings on top. The image below is from the project application and gives a sense of the overall layout. The total property area is approximately 61 acres, of which 16 acres are tidelands that will remain largely undisturbed and 45 acres are proposed for the redevelopment.

Point Wells Sheet G-003

Snohomish County is working with a team of consultants on an Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS, for the redevelopment project. This EIS will evaluate things like traffic impacts, landslide risks, noise, and fiscal impacts from the project on local governments. There will be a Draft EIS (DEIS) published first. Snohomish County will invite the public and various agencies to comment on the DEIS during a formal 45-day comment period after publication. If you would like notification of publication, please send an email to ryan.countryman@snoco.org and request to be a “party-of-record” for Point Wells.
Past Milestones
  • April 17, 2017: Blue Square Real Estate responded to Snohomish County's review by submitting revised plans. These revised plans retain the basic overall concept in the original submittal, but add a second access road through the Town of Woodway and make some adjustments internal to the site in response to County comments. The April 2017 resubmittal includes 11 new documents that are now on our Point Wells Documents page that also has many of the original and intermediate documents. Procedurally, the resubmittal includes revisions to the Urban Center Site Plan application and the Short Plat application, as well as a new request for a variance related to parking
  • November 15, 2016: Snohomish County sent the applicant a letter requiring changes before further work can proceed on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project. 
  • April 12, 2013: Snohomish County completed the first review comments, including requests for changes.
  • January 7, 2013:  Washington State Appeals reversed the ruling that the Point Wells urban center development application was not vested to the Snohomish County codes and ordinances in effect at the time that BSRE (applicant) made application for urban center permits. The judge dismissed the November 2011 injunction barring Snohomish County from processing the urban center application. 
  • March 4, 2011: Blue Square Real Estate submits three permit applications. Permit 11-101457 LU is a Land Use permit for the proposed urban center site plan. Related to this are 11-101461 SM (a Shoreline Management permit for work in the area regulated under the Snohomish County Shoreline Management Program) and 11-101464 RC (a permit for retaining walls in the slope on the east side of the railroad tracks). Approval for these permits depend on completion of an Environmental Impact Statement.
  • February 14, 2011: Blue Square Real Estate submits two applications. Permit 11-101007 SP is a Short Plat application that would revise parcels lines on the site to reflect the proposed phasing. The second permit, 11-101008 LDA, is a Land Disturbing Activity permit that would address grading and other site work to prepare for construction. Approval for both permits depend on completion of an Environmental Impact Statement.

Application Documents


Submittal Documents - Applications, Plans, Reports and other documents.

Project Numbers: 11-101457 LU; 11-101461 SM; 11-101007 SP; 11-101008 LDA; 11-101464 RC

Environmental Review Documents


Determination of Significance and Request for Comments on Scope of EIS

Second DS and Request for Comments on Scope of EIS

Comments Received


 Agency, Organization and Public Comments  (Updated 10-04-11)

Urban Center Information


Current Snohomish County Code - 30.34
Applicable Snohomish County Code - Urban Center Ordinance 09-079
Urban Center Application Materials
 

Related Links


Point Wells Developer’s Website
City of Shoreline Point Wells Website

Locate the Project

Point Wells in Google Maps

Get Involved


Submit Comments or Become a Party of Record
To submit comments or become a Party of Record for Point Wells, send a letter or an email to Ryan Countryman and include the project file number, project name, and your name and address. Read more about what it means to be a Party of Record.

Meetings
Nothing Scheduled at this time.