Current Town Initiatives
Trees on Private Property
The Planning Commission is discussing the policies surrounding trees on private property. There are currently no regulations pertaining to private trees. The Town is studying the issue and is evaluating options including, but not limited to educational outreach, mitigation measures, and tree regulations.
91st / NE 42nd Stormwater Upsizing & Underground Utility Conversion Project
City of Bellevue Water and Sewer Divisions and the Town of Yarrow Point will be completing major improvement projects in the following areas in 2020:
- NE 42n St: 92nd Ave NE west to Lake Washington; and
- 91st Ave NE: NE 42nd Street north to 92nd Ave NE
As early as February 2020, we expect the City of Bellevue to:
- Begin installing a new ductile iron water main; and
- Retrofit the sanitary sewer lift station at the western end of NE 42nd Street.
Their project will likely last until June 2020 at which time the Town of Yarrow Point will complete a stormwater upsizing project on NE 42nd Street as well as an overhead to underground utility project for power, phone, and cable on both NE 42nd Street and 91st Avenue NE. The Town's project is expected to wrap up by October 2020.
During Construction there will be significant impact to the town right-of-way. These impact are likely to include:
- Water main installation and new service connections;
- NE 42nd Street Beach - Sanitary sewer pump station retrofit operations; irrigation system installation; and improvements to outfall
- Existing vegetation removal/ replacements/ modifications to install underground vaults, handholes, pedestals, etc. in the Town Right-of-Way;
- Driveway cuts, full removal, and/or replacement;
- Pavement patching - trench (temporary and permanent patching);
- Minor traffic delays and/ or detours; and
- Construction noise during work hours.
The 60% design plans can be viewed here:
Stormwater Management Plan Update
A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was posted for the Town’s Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) update on October 1st, 2018. Under WA State law (RCW 39.80), the RFQ is the first step to getting an engineer on board. Three (3) proposals for the SWMP update were received November 8th, 2018:
An evaluation committee, comprised of the Town Engineer, the Mayor, and at least one (1) Stormwater Utility member reviewed the RFQ’s on November 15th, 2018. The selection committee held interviews with each of the three candidates (PACE, Gray & Osborne, and ESM) at Town Hall on Thursday, December 13th. Collectively, the committee chose PACE Engineers, Inc.
PACE has completed the 2019 SWMP draft update. Currently the Town Engineer is reviewing the document. She anticipates having a final plan by the end of 2019.
Here is the latest project status report: SWMP Update Status Report
Children's Playground, Morningside Park
The Parks Board worked with Osborn Pacific Group to design a children’s playground serving children ages 5-12. The playground is scoped to include components such as a swing and a slide. The play structure will complement the environmental elements of Yarrow Point. The Town Council approved the project at the November 2018 regular Council meeting. The project is scheduled to begin on March 4, 2019 and be completed within 180 days.