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Ravensdale meeting planned for March 16 concerning The Villages and Lawson Hills developments

The two major Yarrow Bay developments will be addressed at a community meeting 7-9 p.m. March 16 in the Tahoma Junior High commons located at 25600 Summit-Landsburg Road in Ravensdale.

Yarrow Bay has proposed two major Master Planned Developments (MPDs) in Black Diamond, The Villages and Lawson Hills. Together these MPDs will add 4,530 single-family and 1,520 multi-family units for a total of 6,050 dwelling units on 691 acres along with 1,165,000 square feet of commercial and office space. A total of seven new schools in the Enumclaw School District will be required to accommodate the growth. The impact of these MPDs on all surrounding areas will be great, not only due to traffic increase, but ultimately to environment and lifestyle. The city of Black Diamond is conducting hearings March 6 and 8-12 on this topic. The public is welcome to attend all meetings, but can only provide input on March 10, 11, and 12. For more details, contact spilcher@ci.blackdiamond.wa.us.

The purpose of the Ravensdale 98051 meeting is to understand how the Black Diamond/Yarrow Bay MPDs will specifically affect the unincorporated Ravensdale 98051 zip code area. However, all local residents are welcome. Presenters will be Colin Lund, director of development for Yarrow Bay; Steve Pilcher, community development director, city of Black Diamond; Paul Reitenbach, King County department of development and environmental services, senior policy analyst and King County department of transportation traffic engineer, Matthew Nolan. These key individuals will be presenting their plans and answering your questions.

The window is closing on the opportunity to offer comments, ask questions or perhaps mitigate impacts. We urge you to attend. The meeting is hosted by 98051 Voices, an umbrella affiliation consisting of local groups established within the Ravensdale 98051 area. For additional information contact Susan Harvey at susandharvey@hotmail.com

Susan Harvey

Ravensdale

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