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Revised Eastown plan presented

By Brian Beckley

The Courier-Herald

The Bonney Lake Planning Department staff last week revealed to the city's Planning Commission their updated Eastown sub-area plan, which includes changes to the road network designed to lighten the load off state Route 410.

Following up on complaints and concerns discussed during an Aug. 11 stakeholders' meeting, city officials have changed the east-west roads in the area from public to private roadways and reduced the cross-section width from 65 feet to 41 feet.

According to associate planner Elizabeth Chamberlain, the change was made to create a plan that is flexible enough to accommodate growth as it happens while still maintaining a distinct identity.

Eastown is the most recently-annexed area of Bonney Lake, stretching primarily along SR410 from 214th Avenue to 234th Avenue. Along with Downtown, located at the top of the hill near the western entrance to the city, and Midtown, centered near Target, Eastown is one of the three distinct areas of the city identified in the Comprehensive Plan.

During the stakeholders' meeting, property owners and developers expressed concern with the proposed roads, saying they would cut properties into parcels that would be too small for development of large stores.

Developers said they understood the need for the proposed roads - getting excess traffic off of SR410 - but asked the city to consider making them private roads, like those that go through the Market at Lake Tapps and the plazas that house Fred Meyer and Safeway.

City officials agreed.

"The site planning is really going to drive...how these east-west roads are going to go," Chamberlain told the planning commission.

The road width was also narrowed, removing the sidewalk on one side and reducing the planting areas. North-South roads will remain public roads with 65-foot widths.

The Eastown plan also includes information on bringing water and sewer to the area. Currently, city sewer service ends near the 214th Avenue intersection with SR 410. Developers will be required to extend city lines as well as pay toward a new lift station necessary in the area due to topography.

As for water, the area is served by three different water districts, Bonney Lake, Tacoma Water and the Valley Water district. Though water supplies are sufficient, the infrastructure required for fire flow is not available in the Valley District due to the size of pipes currently in the ground.

The city of Bonney lake is not eligible to annex the Valley system until 2007, but all new construction will have to meet city standards.

Brian Beckley can be reached at bbeckley@courierherald.com.

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