Wednesday, July 29, 2009

News: DSHS revokes license of Federal Way facility

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BUSINESSEXAMINER.COM -- The Department of Social and Health Services has stopped admissions and revoked the license of Graceful Living, a privately operated adult family home in Federal Way. More...

Proposed Zoning Changes

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Doc. I.D. 50870 (PDF)


Amendments to Federal Way Revised Code (FWRC), Title 19, “Zoning” Use Process II, Use Process III, Use Process IV, & Use Process V and Amendments to SEPA Exempt Level Thresholds in Title 14, “Environmental Policy”
File No: 09-102609-00-SE &09-102608-00-UP

Description: The City is proposing to amend the Use Process II, Use Process III, Use Process IV, and Use Process V decision criteria listed in Title 19 of the Federal Way Revised Code (FWRC). The proposed amendments will allow the City to condition site specific projects that are required to obtain land use process approval in order to mitigate for onsite or offsite traffic safety impacts to the overall transportation system, for all modes of transportation. The city will also amend sections of Title 14 of the FWRC for “Categorical Exemptions – Flexible Thresholds,” 14.15.030(1)(a) & (c-d).

Location: Citywide

Applicant: City of Federal Way

Lead Agency City of Federal Way

Staff Contact: Senior Planner Joanne Long-Woods, AICP, 253-835-2640

The lead agency for this proposal has determined that it does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment and an environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 43.21C.030(2)(c). This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist.

Further information regarding this action is available to the public upon request at the Federal Way Department of Community Development Services (Federal Way City Hall, 33325 8th Avenue South, PO Box 9718, Federal Way, WA 98063-9718). This DNS is issued under WAC 197-11-340(2). The lead agency will not act on this proposal for 14 days from the date below. Comments must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on August 10, 2009.

Unless modified by the City, this determination will become final following the above comment deadline. Any person aggrieved of the City’s final determination may file an appeal with the City within 14 days of the above comment deadline. You may appeal this determination to the Federal Way City Clerk, at the address above, no later than August 24, 2009, by a written letter stating the reason for the appeal of the determination. You should be prepared to make specific factual objections.

Published in the Federal Way Mirror on July 25, 2009.

Monday, July 27, 2009

FW Village: "I'm not dead yet."

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The Federal Way Mirror is saying that the attempts to turn the Kitts Corner area into a Local Revitalization Area is part of an attempt to get some of the groundwork (a new road) paid for in part with state money. FWG wonders why the sign announcing FWV is gone and a general "for sale" sign took its place months ago.

Friday, July 24, 2009

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN for the following Federal Way City Council Public Hearing to be held:

DATE: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: City Hall Council Chambers (33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way)
TOPIC: Public Hearing to consider establishment of a Local Revitalization
Area to encompass properties located at the southwest corner of S. 336th St and Pacific Highway S. (commonly known as “Kitts Corner”).

  • The City anticipates using the LRA funds for the following types of public improvements: rights-of-way construction, and related improvements.

  • The following estimated costs of the proposed public improvements include:

  • Two Million Nine Hundred Seventy-Six Thousand Seven Hundred Dollars ($2,976,700.00) for right-of-way improvements providing access to and within the commercial, mixed-use portion of the proposed project, as well as connections to Celebration Park and the Federal Way Community Center.

  • The City anticipates that seventy percent (70%) of the above-mentioned right-of-way improvement costs will be financed by the LRF funding program, if awarded by the state, with the remaining to be funded by the project developer, together with potential grants, and other public/private funding sources.

  • The City will dedicate the portion of excise tax and property tax allocation revenues needed, together with other resources, for a period not to exceed twenty-five years to match the amount of LRF funding awarded from the state to finance the above proposed improvements.

  • The LRA consists of tax parcel numbers: 2021049004; 2021049072; 2021049001; 2021049070; 2021049069; 2021049086; 2021049090; 2021049080; 2021049051, and the boundary of the LRA is generally: bound on the north by S. 336th Street; bound on the east by Pacific Highway S.; bound on the south by the undeveloped land owned by Clare and Jasmin, Inc.; and bound on the west by Mitchell Place, Frito-Lay Industries, and the north Portion of 9th Avenue Center.

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DATED this 21th day of July, 2009
Carol A. McNeilly, CMC, City Clerk

POSTED AT CITY HALL & WEB: July 23, 2009

I keep forgetting to mention that Federal Way Villages (PDF) which had been planned for the above space is apparently dead. The signage has been gone for some time now, replaced by a more general land for sale sign. Some of the proposed LRA would have been required TIP/mitigation by the developers.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Knutzen Family Theatre presents

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The Knutzen Family Theatre presents
the 5th Annual Summer Youth Musical Theatre production of

August 7-16
Fri & Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm
Lyrics by Tim Rice Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber
Directed by Holly Rose
Choreography by Shayda Abab 
Musical Direction by Brian Soushek
Tickets:  $7 General Admission
Available at
or at the theatre
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July 27 Town Hall will begin to explore future of Dumas Bay Centre

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July 9, 2009

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

July 27 Town Hall will begin to explore future of Dumas Bay Centre (PDF)

Mayor Jack Dovey and the Federal Way City Council will hold a Town Hall meeting from 6:00 to 8 p.m. on July 27 to begin to explore the future of Dumas Bay Centre. Earlier this year the City Council had considered closing the facility as part of its budget deliberations in this economic downturn. The Council decided to keep the facility open but wants to have a series of open dialogues with the community about its future. The Council and City staff will also cover the City’s current budget situation at the Town Hall. The meeting will be held in Banquet Room 3 at Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 S.W. Dash Point Road. The meeting is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Linda Farmer, 253-835-2411.

Volunteers needed for buildathon

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ISSAQUAHPRESS.COM -- The two Habitat for Humanity affiliates in King County are teaming up for their first buildathon and are looking for volunteers to help build houses while raising money for Habitat. The event, Sept. 19 – Oct. 3, will function much like a walkathon. More...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Kid's Day - Aug. 5

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Mark your calendars for Kid's Day 2009
Take your kids to the park for Kid's Day! Enjoy summer activities and entertainment at Steel Lake Park. For children 2 - 12. Admission is free.

Video: Jars of Clay 5/30

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Highlights from their performance here at the end of May

Federal Way schools hire Olympic medalist to coach diving

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FEDERALWAYMIRROR.COM -- Kelly (McCormick) Robertston was hired last week by the district to coach divers from Federal Way, Decatur, Thomas Jefferson and Todd Beamer high schools. Robertson spent 10 years on the United States National Diving Team from 1981 to 1991. During that span, she won 10 national titles and competed in two Olympic Games. More...

Monday, July 20, 2009

Federal Way loses car dealership

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FEDERALWAYMIRROR.COM -- Pacific Coast Ford (and more recently Pacific Coast Sales and Service to close.

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Well, Jet Chevrolet could move there (would be an improvement), thus freeing up the space for the an interchange between 161 and 5.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

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Tip 4: S 320th St - 8th Ave S to SR 99
Add HOV lanes, install raised median, underground utilities, illumination

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tip 3

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Tip 3: SR 99 @ S 356th St
Add through-lane - WB,
And 2nd left-turn lanes - EB, NB

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Also, 356th is being adjusted to align the two sides better. See the City's Website for more information and photos/diagrams.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tip 2

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Tip 2: S 320th St @ 1st Ave S
Add 2nd left-turn lane - WB, EB, NB, SB
Add right-turn lanes - WB, NB, SB
Widen 1st Ave S to 5 lanes to S 316th St

North-bound already has a right-turn lane, but if they're expanding 1st to five lanes north of 320, one would assume the current right-hand turn lane will become another through lane. This will be a great opportunity to possibly improve this corner, one of the few non-residential areas (offices in NW and SW corners, strip mall in SE corner, transit stops just west, east and south of intersection) in this part of town, it's really failing to live up to its potential. A drive-through bank ATM, a dry cleaner, a small coffee shop would probably all do well here.

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Testing New Comments Feature

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This is just a test post. From now on, you can comment using Facebook, Twitter, Disqus and more.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

TIP 1b

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Tip 1b: S 320th St @ I-5
Add HOV lanes, realign ramps in SE quadrant

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Monday, July 13, 2009

TIP 1a

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At the last City Council meeting, 23 transportation improvement projects were approved.  Over the coming days I'll present the details of what was proposed (not sure if all of these were ultimately approved) for your discussion.

Tip 1A: I-5 SB @ S 320th St
Add second left-turn lane, third right-turn lane. (Currently one left-turn lane, two right-turn lanes.)

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