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10 years ago 1997

Snohomish County will hold two hearings to hear public views regarding lower income housing and community development needs within the county. The use of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds to address those needs will also be discussed.
The hearing will be held Monday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m., and Thursday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m., in the Gini Stevens Hearing Room, on the first floor of the County Administration Building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave. in Everett.
The Snohomish County Policy Advisory Board will review the proposed plan in the same room at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, prior to the 3 p.m. meeting.
For information call the grants staff at 388-3311

25 years ago 1982

The attempt to annex Island Crossing is over for now. The Arlington City Council stopped the annexation process at its Feb. 1 meeting by rescinding its earlier decision to accept the initiators annexation petition. Initiatiors John Henken and Thomas Hampton sought the annexation of Island Crossing and the acerage located in the southeast corner of the Interstate 5 and SR 530 intersection. The initiators, and the landowners they represent, wanted to develop the area into a shopping center. The Council had voted 4 to 3 Sept. 21 to accept the annexation petition for review. Since the vote, the Councilmembers views on the issue changed. Councilman Jim Jones brought up the motion to rescind the previous vote, explaining that Arlington is not prepared to handle such an annexation. Although they had different reasons, most of the 40 persons in attendance agreed with rescinding the Sept. 21 action. The audience was mostly landowners in the Island Crossing area. The persons in opposition to the annexation presented the Council with a petition, signed by 275 persons, which contained a list of reasons against annexation. The oppositions main worries included the loss of 80-acres of farmland, additional traffic problems, the flood level and the drawing of shoppers away from downtown Arlington if a shopping center was built. Henken responded to the oppositions reasons against annexation and took questions from the audience for an hour. He stressed that location of the land was more suitable for commercial use then agricultural because of the three arteries of traffic surrounding the area. Interstate 5, Highway 99 and SR 530 pass through the area. Also, Henken said Arlington would gain a lot of revenue from the development. Using rough figures, Henken said, the city could receive $45,000 in property tax and $80,000 in sales tax a year. The annexation initiators had 52 percent of the landowners in the proposed annexation area in favor of becoming part of Arlington. Before they could file their petition for annexation, 75 percent of the landowners had to support the annexation. The initiations believed they could have gained the support if they were given time. The Council voted 5 to 1 to rescind the September action. Alice Carver cast the only negative vote, and Bea Randall abstained.

n Few Arlington residents seem concerned with the comprehensive land use plan being formulated by the city and county. This was evident at the Arlington Planning Commissions first public meeting directed solely at discussing the plan with area residents. The meeting occurred Jan. 26 at city hall and subtracting the planning commissioners, the citizens comprehensive plan advisory committee and city staff, about five public citizens attended. Im a little disappointed with the turnout, said George Newman, the county planner working with the city to draw up the comprehensive plan. Newman presented to the audience what the commissioners and the advisory board has done over the last several months and answered questions. Arlington signed an interlocal agreement with the county to become part of HUDs Small Community Assistant Program in 1980. Under the program Arlington picks up only 10 percent of the comprehensive plan study cost. The cost ceiling has been set at $25,000. Newman took the first 30 minutes of the meeting to define a comprehensive plan, review its components and discuss what factors are taken into account when formulating a plan. After the plan is concluded it will serve as a guideline for land use decisions (rezone, subdivisions and annexations) by city officials and private property owners. Over the last nine months the compressive plan work has included the presentation of background information from the Snohomish County Office of Community Planning. The county has put together 11 maps that illustrate existing land uses, existing zoning, subdivision activity, land use suitability, wetlands and wildlife inventory, flood hazard zone, slope, prime agricultural soils, shoreline master program, septic tank limitation, erosion and slippage. Before the county developed the maps, the planners had to set the boundaries. This was conducted last spring and drew the most public comment on the plan so far. The planners set the boundaries so Island Crossing was excluded, but landowners in the area sought its inclusion and the City Council mandated the areas involvement. The boundary decision was finally made Aug. 17, after the background planning was underway. After George Sherwin, director of the office of community planning, talked to the Council at its Aug. 17 meeting, the Council reversed its decision to include Island Crossing. The 6,800-acre Arlington plan is the largest one the county planners have ever dealt with, Sherwin told the Council. If Island Crossing acreage was added, the load on county planning resources would dramatically affect its ability to study other areas of the plan, he added. After the boundary dispute was settled, the planners turned to the Arlington area residents for input. Through a survey the planners attempted to gather the residents views on community growth, housing, commercial activity, agricultural lands, industrial development and other minor topics. The survey wasnt as successful as the planners desired. Only 43 persons responded. Their comments will be one of the factors in the planners comprehensive plan formulation. Another factor in the formation of the plan is the estimated population growth. At the Jan. 26 public meeting both citizens and city officials questioned the countys population projection for the Arlington area, saying it was low. Newman agreed and explained the county had the old 1970 census figures instead of the 1980 figures. The county should receive the figures soon, he added. The old figures have Arlington growing by only 749 persons between 1980 and 1995. Through the rest of 1982 the public has the opportunity to attend two more public meetings with the commissioners and the advisory committee. An important workshop is set for Tuesday, May 25. At this meeting, the planners will seek input from the public on four possible land use plan alternatives. Only one of the four alternatives will be used. The final public workshop is scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 5, when the proposed Arlington Comprehensive Land Use Plan is presented. Both meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. Over the next eight months the planners discuss specific land use issues:
Feb. 2 Population growth and growth management issues.
March 2 Housing and residential land use issues.
April 6 Industrial and airport issues.
May 4 Commercial land use issues: discussion on down town Arlington, Island Crossing and Smokey Point.
June 1 Agricultural, natural resource and environmental issues.
July 6 Public facility issues: sewer, water and solid waste.
Aug. 4 Transportation issues.
Sept. 1 Schools, park and recreation issues.
The new comprehensive plan replaces the last plan concluded in 1959 and amended in 1975. The plan will be effective until a new plan is drawn up in 1995.

50 years ago 1957

Last weeks Mystery Farm was no mystery to 87 entries, who correctly identified Mr. John Kroezes Ivy-Rock farm, a familiar landmark just north of Arlington on the Darrington Highway. All the correct entries were included in a drawing Monday at Art Swansons Chevron Service, last weeks star sponsor, to determine who would receive last weeks prize, offered by the Chevron Station for correct identification of the farm. The winner was Mrs. Morris Torske of Silvana, Wash. The aerial photo enlargement was picked up Monday by Mr. Kroeze at the Chevron Station. Ivy Supplied. The Ivy-rock which lends its name to the farm is an 18-foot high boulder, some 20-feet in diameter, located beside the farmhouse. It is covered with a luxurious growth of ivy, which has supplied the Arlington area with a source of material for floats, weddings and party decorations for many years. Last years frost made some inroads on the growth, but it has come back strong, Mr. Kroeze said. Mr. and Mrs. Kroeze have two daughters, Mary Joan, 18, graduate of Arlington High School and Diane Maria, three years old. Mrs. Kroeze is formerly of Lynden, Wash. Pioneer families may remember when this farm was the home of W. H. Ford, later Mayor of Arlington. The John Kroeze family moved onto the place eleven years ago, and Mr. Kroeze reports that he is developing a line of registered Guernsey dairy cows. His top cow gave 66 pounds of milk one day last year, a record for his herd, Kroeze said. Pasture Planned. Through an extensive irrigation and fertilization program, coupled with yearly pasture reseeding, Mr. Kroeze said he is able to grow the bulk of feed necessary to supply his normal milking herd of 24 head on less then 30 acres. For pasture, he relies on a combination of Ladino clover and the new akora, an even growing, fast springing orchard grass, which he seeds and harrows into his pastures every March, to assure a good late pasture. Bed Straw. Mr. Kroeze uses generous amounts of bed straw in the barn, which increase the output of natural fertilizer and makes it possible for him to hold his commercial fertilizer supplement to about five tons a year. Next weeks Mystery Farm may prove a bit more difficult to identify. Address your mail entries to this weeks star sponsor, B & H Equipment, or sign an entry at their store in downtown Arlington.

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