Paradise Lake Road Garden Apartments Proposal

Page Updated on September 12, 2018 

Posted: Project Status Update

Recently a number of residents near the Paradise Lake Road Garden Apartments proposal site have contacted Planning and Development Services(PDS) for the status of the proposal. The Paradise Lake Road Garden Apartment proposal is still under review with the 1st Review Completion Letter issued. PDS is awaiting response from the applicant.

Separate from the Paradise Lake Road Garden Apartments proposal, the property owner obtained demolition permits for the structures at 9509 Paradise Lake Road and 9321 Paradise Lake Road. Demolition permits were issued on December 1, 2016 to allow demolitions of existing structures within 18 months.

Fore details on the demolition permits see permitting file numbers:

16-120861 DEMO - 9509 Paradise Lake Road
16-120862 DEMO - 9321 Paradise Lake Road

Project Proposal

On November 18, 2016, Snohomish County Planning and Development Services (PDS) received a land use application requesting approval for 15 apartment buildings with 360 units, known as Paradise Lake Road Garden Apartments.

There has been significant public interest in this application, and we want to ensure appropriate information sharing and opportunities for public engagement. The public will have the opportunity to weigh in on this proposal at multiple times over the course of its consideration.

At this time, the project is under review by the County and its partner agencies. A decision has not been made on the proposal, and it is likely that the project will have at least one or more review cycles before any decision is made.

Below is each step in the approval process and how the public may engage. If you have any questions, feel free to email Tom Barnett, PDS Project Manager, or call him at 425.388.3311, Ext. 2997.


 Application Process

Opportunities to Comment

Project intake and acceptance Application is submitted and PDS staff reviews for completeness.  
Notice of application and commencement of initial comment period Notice of Application is provided to the public. Property owners and residents within 500 feet of the proposal site are mailed a postcard notice. This notice is printed in the local newspaper (Everett Herald) and is posted at the proposal site on large notice boards. The Notice of Application has a 21-day comment period. During this comment period, individuals can submit comments on the proposed application and request to become a “party of record”.
The comment period on the Notice of Application for this proposal closed on December 21, 2016.

Please note that PDS will accept comments on this project at any time during the application review.
Initial and subsequent project review Application is reviewed by PDS and other County technical staff for conformance with applicable local and state regulations. Any issues identified are communicated to the applicant so that they can be addressed. One or more additional review cycles are anticipated before a recommendation and decision are made on the proposal.

At this stage, County staff are reviewing detailed project information such as engineering, site layout, and landscaping plans. County staff also reviewing the traffic impact study and conducting a traffic concurrency and an inadequate road condition study on the County-controlled road right-of-way. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will also play an important role in the review of this proposal, since traffic from this proposal will impact SR-522 and SR-524.
Environmental Review and threshold determination PDS staff reviews the applicant's State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Environmental Checklist, as well as documents and plans submitted with the application. PDS then issues a determination as to whether there are any probable significant adverse environmental impacts from the proposal that can or cannot be mitigated.  After PDS issues a SEPA determination, there is a 14-day public concurrent comment and appeal period for the public to comment on the SEPA Checklist.
Public hearing and public notice
A public hearing is held with the Snohomish County Hearing Examiner, during which the Hearing Examiner reviews the application and considers public comment, the PDS recommendation on the project, and SEPA information.

Written and public testimony can be submitted prior to and as part of this public hearing. The hearing has not been scheduled. When a public hearing is scheduled, a notice will be:

1) Mailed to property owners and residents within 500 feet of the proposal site;

2) Published in the Everett Herald; and
3) Posted at the site on large notice boards indicating "Notice of Pending Land use".
Decision and possible further action The Hearing Examiner issues a decision. Those individuals that became a “party of record” have standing to appeal the Hearing Examiner decision.

Initial Site Layout Proposal

The following is the initial site layout proposed by the applicant:
Paradise Lake Rd Garden Apartments - Site Layout - November 2016

Project Background

The proposed project would be located on approximately 17 acres of land in the Matlby area (9321 Paradise Lake Road, Snohomish). Initial project designs indicate that there would be 44,000+ square feet of private active recreation space, a community recreation facility, 25-foot landscaping buffers from adjoining residential properties, 720 parking stalls, an average density of 21.3 dwelling units per acre, and access to the site from Paradise Lake Road. The project proponent is the Wolff Company, which filed the land use application under its subsidiary Snohomish Garden Development Company, LLC.

The property is zoned Planned Community Business (PCB), which among other uses, allows for multi-family apartment buildings at an approximate density of 21.78 dwelling units per acre. This site was rezoned to PCB in 2005 (PDF) as part of the County's major update to the Comprehensive Plan.

Among the steps listed above that must take place before this project can be approved, the Snohomish County Hearing Examiner is required to hold a public hearing and accept public testimony and written comments. As of late December 2016, a hearing has not been scheduled. Please review the table above for more information on steps in the application process and how best to provide public comment on this proposal.

Project Status

2nd Review Completion Letter - issued September 5, 2018

Documents submitted for 2nd Review, June 5, 2018 (PDF)

1st Review Completion Letter - issued March 16, 2017 (PDF)

Under the first review cycle; comment period for SEPA and Notice of Application closed on December 21, 2016.

Please note that PDS will accept comments on this project at any time during the application review.

Application Documents

Submittal Documents (PDF) (Application, Plans, and SEPA Checklist)

Project File Number(s)


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How to Get Involved

To submit comments or become a Party of Record for this project, please send a letter or email to Tom Barnett 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.

For the best opportunities to provide public comment, please review the table below.

PDS Project Contact

Tom Barnett, Project Manager
Email Tom Barnett
425.388.3311, Ext. 2997