Current Town Initiatives
Comprehensive Plan Update
During the January 2023 Yarrow Point Town Council Meeting, the Council directed the Town Planner to provide regular updates on the ongoing efforts to update the Town’s Comprehensive Plan.
The Town Planner is reviewing preliminary checklist results with the Regional Planning Assistant at the Department of Commerce, and communications to that end are ongoing. The planning team is also reviewing the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Plan Review manual to ensure full cooperation and coordination with regional planning authorities. Work on public outreach also began with discussing desired goals and focuses with the Planning Commission during the January Special Meeting.
Further outreach and engagement will begin as the team plans on adding Comprehensive Plan Update information to the Yarrow Point website, sending out information in the newsletter, and coordinating a mailer campaign to inform residents of this process and the public’s role therein. This effort will occur as the team also begins a coordinated effort to bring the existing Comprehensive Plan to a baseline level of compliance through chapter-wise reviews.
2023 TYP Stormwater Manual and Standards Update
The 2014 TYP Stormwater Drainage Guidelines are based in part on methodologies from the outdated 1992 King County Surface Water Design Manual. Since 1992, surrounding jurisdictions have adopted more recent versions of the King County Surface Water Design Manual or the Department of Ecology’s Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington with a prepared addendum to address any specific deviations. Additionally, the 2010 TYP Standard Plans and Notes need to be updated. The Town Council approved Gray & Osborne, Inc’s to provide updates to the Town’s Stormwater Drainage Guidelines and Standard Plans and Notes at the January 10, 2023 regular Town Council meeting.
Gray & Osborne has experience updating these review and planning tools and the final product will be one that:
· Reflects current stormwater design methodologies and best management practices.
· Updates outdated TYP standard plans document to incorporate past 10+ years of changes.
· Cross references our current planning documents (ie. Yarrow Point Municipal Code, permit and inspection
procedures, etc.) to verify they correspond with each other.
· Corresponds with the 2024 TYP Comprehensive Plan updates.
· Allows for easier plan review.
Town staff expects a draft of the two documents by May 15, 2023.
94th Ave NE / NE 38th St/ NE 40th Underground Utility Conversion Project
Bellevue Utilities Department and the Town of Yarrow Point are following through on some major capital improvements at the following locations:
- 94th Ave NE: NE 38th St to 92nd Ave NE
- NE 38th Street: 92nd Ave NE to 94th Ave NE
- NE 40th Street: 92nd Ave NE to 95th Ave NE
In late summer 2023 the Bellevue Utilities Department will be replacing the water main from 3800 – 4646 94th Ave NE. In order to accomplish this the utility company will need to install the new system, pressure test it, and then transfer over each individual water service line. The utility will permanently patch the street once the project is complete.
In 2024 the Town of Yarrow Point will be replacing the stormwater pipe from:
- 4408 – 4646 94th Ave NE
- 9200-9400 NE 40th
- 9200-9300 NE 38th
- 3838 94th Ave NE – spot repair
At the same time, we will be undergrounding all overhead power, phone, and cable lines on 94th, 38th, and 40th and installing new street lights in the same vicinity of where they currently exist. Town staff will be working with Gray & Osborne, Inc. in 2023 to determine the best location for parking, pathways, and plants/ shrubs/ trees. Although we are open to your suggestions anytime, we will be taking official public comment at two separate open houses in early 2023 (date/time/location to be determined) prior to approving a final restoration plan.
Funding for this project is available from several sources, including but not limited to, the Town’s Stormwater Utility, the Town’s Capital Improvement Fund, and monies donated to the Town through the dissolution of Water District #1.
Please note we are currently in the design phase of this project and the following personnel will likely have an increased presence in the project area:
- Puget Sound Energy – gas/ power
- Puget Sound Energy IntoLight – street lights
- Comcast - cable
- Lumen - phone
- Bellevue Utilities – sewer/ water
- Gray & Osborne – civil engineers
- Tree Solutions - arborist
- Town Staff – public works/ engineer
Please contact me directly if you would like to discuss how this project might impact your specific situation. I am generally available at Town Hall Monday – Friday from 8am-3:30pm.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE #1
The Town completed all twenty-four (24) individual resident meetings with property owners who need to underground their existing overhead service lines this past July/ August 2022. If you are one of these property owners you should have received a follow up email in October 2022 with details on the potential scope of work and cost to underground your private service lines. Please contact me as soon as possible if you have any questions on this task. If you intend to use WE Electric note they are currently filling spots for the April and October 2023 openings and you can reach out to Jake directly at email@example.com
Stacia Schroeder, PE
Yarrow Point – Town Engineer