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Hawk Property Subarea Planning

Hawk Property Subarea Plan and Environmental Review

The Hawk property subarea is 212 acres located southeast of SR 18 on the northern border of the city.  The subarea consists of the Lakeside gravel mine, an asphalt batch plant and a highway interchange. In 2013, the city initiated a study to develop the Hawk property subarea plan and an environmental impact statement which will guide future development in the subarea(from mining to an urban village with mixed use commercial and residential) and provide for a streamlined environmental review of future development proposals through a SEPA Planned Action.

Current Activity

Planned Action Fact Sheet

At their February 11, 2014 meeting, the City Council approved four ordinances associated with the Hawk Property Subarea Plan, Comprehensive Plan and code amendments and establishing a Planned Action for the Hawk Property pursuant to the State Environmental Policy Act.

Ord. #01-14      Ord. #02-14     Ord. #03-14     Ord. #04-14


Hawk Property Planned Action EIS

- Final Planned Action Environmental Impact Statement (PDF 17MB)

- Draft Planned Action Environmental Impact Statement (PDF 15MB)

 


Phase 2 (Hawk Property Subarea Plan & Planned Action EIS) Hawk Property Subarea Aerial

The future development of the Hawk Property Subarea Plan involved preparation of a subarea plan(for a mixed use urban village concept), planning policies, zoning districts, and development regulations, as well as public participation and outreach opportunities.  As part of the plan, the City prepared a non-project Planned Action Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate how implementation of the subarea plan might impact environmental and infrastructure resources in the area, as well as how those impacts might be mitigated.

 On November 7, 2013, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on the Hawk Property Planned Action Ordinance and the Preferred Subarea Plan. A presentation from staff and the project consultants was provided, and public testimony was taken on these documents. The Planning Commission is responsible for holding a public hearing and forwarding a recommendation to the City Council.

On Thursday, November 14, 2013, the Final Planned Action EIS was issued.  This document can be reviewed here on the city's Hawk Property webpage.

The Planning Commission reviewed the final planning documents and listened to public testimony at their November 21, 2013 public meeting. After further discussion and deliberation the Planning Commission voted to forward to the city council the  Planned Action Ordinance and Preferred Subarea Plan with a recommendation to approve.

The Planning Commission and City Council held a joint study session on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 to discuss the Hawk Property Subarea Planning process and the Planning Commission's recommendation.

The City Council held a public hearing to take public testimony on the Hawk Property Subarea Plan and Planned Action Ordinance on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at City Hall.  At their meeting on February 11, 2014, the City Council reviewed public testimony,  final staff recommendations and deliberated on the proposed Hawk Property Subarea Plan and Planned Action Ordinance. At that meeting the council adopted four ordiances to approve the Hawk Property Subarea Plan, Comprehensive Plan and Covington Municipal Code amendments and establishing a Planned Action for the Hawk Property pursuant to the State Environmental Policy Act. .

August 15, 2013 Public Meeting

Project Milestones & Opportunities for Public Involvement

Hawk Property Schedule

*Date subject to change.

Please refer back to this web page for any updates to meetings and comment opportunities.  

 Related Project Documents

 

BackgroundPhase 1 Northern Gateway Study Area

The Northern Gateway Study began in 2012 as a comprehensive multi-phased study of a 485-acre area located on the north side of the city.  Phase 1 looked at 209 acres located within the city’s Urban Growth Area (UGA), and another 275 acres, north of SR 18 located outside of the city’s UGA. The city’s goal in Phase I was to consider the impacts of future urban development within the Northern Gateway area.

On February 29, 2012, the City of Covington issued a Request for Proposal (RFP), for consultants to complete an Urban Growth Area (UGA) analysis, a potential annexation study, a subarea plan, and proposed zoning district classifications and zoning guidelines for the area identified as the “Northern Gateway.” The city received several proposals and selected a team lead by Stalzer & Associates and BERK Consulting to embark on the Northern Gateway Study. The city council approved a contract for the Phase 1 scope of  work on April 24, 2012.

Phase 1 started with a Kick-Off Meeting on April 26, 2012 between the consultant team selected by the city, city staff, and staff from other local public service providers.

AnMay 15th Open House Informational Open House was held on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 from 6:30 to 8PM at Crestwood Elementary School. City staff and members of the consultant team gave an overview of the study and then broke into small groups to listen and answer questions from property owners and residents about existing conditions, their needs and concerns within the Northern Gateway Study area.

NGA StudyFinal Phase 1 documents were presented to the city council at its Tuesday, August 14, 2012 regular meeting.

After listening to public comments at their Tuesday, August 14, 2012 meeting, the city council discussed the Northern Gateway Area Study report (Phase 1) and voted to forward a request to the King County Council and Executive staff to add the entire 275 acres of land commonly referred to as the “Notch”  to Covington’s Urban Growth Area (UGA) during their review of the King County Comprehensive Plan in the fall of 2012.  Mayor Harto sent a formal letter on behalf of the Covington City Council to the county council outlining the city’s support of this request and a copy of the Northern Gateway Area Study report for their review.

At its September 11, 2012 meeting, King County's Growth Management Planning Council (GMPC) decided not to include the "Notch" in its recommended UGA changes.

Phase 2 (ongoing): On January 8, 2013, Covington's city council approved a contract for Phase 2 of the Northern Gateway Study.  Phase 2 will focus solely on approximately 210 acres southeast of SR 18, now referred to as the Hawk Property Subarea, which is located within the city's current Urban Growth Boundary.  A Subarea Plan and a Planned Action Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that build upon the findings and outcomes of Phase 1 will be prepared over the course of 2013-2014.

On Monday, March 25, 2013, the city hosted a community Community Workshop participantsworkshop where meeting participants gathered in groups to develop a concept of how the subarea could be developed with a mix of different uses, including parks, trails and natural spaces, roads, housing, and commercial uses. Groups identified these conceptual plans in an interactive exercise that used a base map upon which participants identified the location of the different uses within the subarea.   

Related Newspaper Articles/Notices: 

Covington Reporter - Mar 21, 2012

Covington Reporter - May 4, 2012

Covington Reporter -May 11, 2012

Covington Reporter - December 14, 2012

Covington Reporter - March 8, 2013

Covington Reporter - March 22, 2013

Covington Reporter - July 26, 2013

Covington Reporter - August 12, 2013

Covington Reporter - January 8, 2014

Covington Reporter - February 14, 2014

Covington Reporter - February 14, 2014



 


Questions?

Contact:  Ann Mueller, Senior Planner, amueller@covingtonwa.gov, 253-480-2444
                Richard Hart, Community Development Director, rhart@covingtonwa.gov, 253-480-2441

Updated 03/10/13