The Wellington Hills Sports Complex? No, it's NOT a done deal!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

A tale of two County properties

Despite whatever is occurring in the backrooms of Snohomish County's Dept. of Parks and Recs, there's the reality of "today".

There's also the perception of how the Land appears and the potential of what can happen.

Here are two photos - both taken today.

The first is at Wellington Hills Park (quite naturally) and the other is what Snoco's Parks and Rec is doing at Miner's Corner (228th and 45th).

photos by Bill Stankus
July 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013

Round One - Citizens score, Snohomish Parks & Rec gets rebuked

As the story unfolds, Sauron, Dark Lord of Mordor, in his quest for world domination, sends vicious orcs to consume The Land and everything on it.

I wish it were that simple.

During the past months, a few bystanders have said, “The County will do whatever they want, they don’t listen to citizens, no one can stop them – there’s no reason for me to get involved.”

Oh, that is so wrong!

The first battle with Snohomish County and their minions has happened… and they did not “win. We won the battle.

On Wednesday, June 19th, the Snohomish County Hearing Examiner ruled that he does not have jurisdiction to hear the SEPA appeals. In his Order Regarding Jurisdiction, the Hearing Examiner agreed with our position that the “Notice of Action was improperly used”.

What that means: The Department of Parks and Rec screwed-up. 

And now, the Department of Parks and Rec has to re-set, go back to the beginning and devise another plan for exerting their development plans on the Good People of Wellington Hills, Woodinville and their Wellington Hills Park. 

Bottom line … People can make a difference.

But it ain’t easy.

Neighbors to Save Wellington Park has committed to a legal battle with Snohomish County.  And, before you ask, yes, we’ve tried many times to talk with County people about their plans – and the County Council has consistently remained at arm’s length, essentially refusing to engage in meaningful dialog. Others in the County have simply lied to us.

If you want to help stop the over-development of Wellington Hills… and the Park, now is a good time to step-up.


•• Join us, come to our planning meetings and lend a hand.

•• We need your donations.  Whether it's combat with orcs or waging a legal battle with bureaucrats, the process is expensive.  Our guy, Rick Aramburu, is a top-notch Land Use Attorney who knows the issues and has been successful in prior cases.

•• Send us a check … as often as you can.

•• Go to the easy-to-use PayPal button in the side column.  It permits you to use any type of credit card.  If you’re not familiar with PayPal – it has been an eBay financial tool for years. 

Help us.  We don’t want or need commercial development, traffic jams and huge parking lots in residential neighborhoods.