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April 11, 2018 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Community and Economic Development Director Marc Hayes, left, and Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring lead a public meeting about the Arlington Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center on April 4.

Marysville and Arlington have started to map out their vision for the Arlington Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center with a public kickoff meeting on April 4.

The Arlington Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center (a.k.a. AMMIC) is a 4,019-acre area of north Marysville and Smokey Point that local officials have planned to develop in the hopes that it will bring manufacturing businesses and jobs to both cities.

"This has been a project that Arlington and Marysville and the county have worked on for several years now, so we're excited to be where we are today," said Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring.

"We're starting to see results from a lot of hard work of a lot of people," he said.

City officials hope to officially designate the area a manufacturing and industrial center soon.

A recent vote from the Puget Sound Regional Council has opened the door to that possibility.

"The vote was to alter the parameters to apply so that it fits our area," said Nehring.

Normally areas were required to have 10,000 already existing jobs, however that was lowered to fit the AMMIC.

"It was a big thing to get [the Puget Sound Regional Council] to vote to alter their parameters," said Nehring.

City officials met with local residents, business leaders and property owners about their hopes for the area on April 4.

"Subarea planning is an opportunity for everyone involved in a city, or across two cities, to come together and coordinate our vision for the area for the next 20 years," said Radhika Nair, a senior associate at Berk Consulting, who are helping with the planning process.

The planning process also helps remain transparent to the public about what is happening in the region, said Nair.

It also helps bring in funds to spur development.

"Completion of the plan will make it eligible to be designated as a regional MIC, which will automatically prioritize it for more funding," said Nair.

Arlington and Marysville hope to gather public opinion about the potential changes.

"As part of the project we've talked with a lot of local property owners and businesses," said Nair.

In addition they released a survey and talked with the public at the public kickoff meeting.

Many citizens were concerned about the potential traffic increases that could come with more businesses in the area, especially what that would mean for 172nd Street.

Bike lanes for some of the major routes, like 67th Avenue, were also requested by some of the attendees at the meeting.

There was also a desire for retaining the identity of the area.

Business leaders wanted more local workforce development programs and also a broader range of businesses.

"A lot of people feel that there is a focus on aerospace and that aerospace will happen here organically, so the cities should focus more on attracting a broader range of industries that are advanced manufacturing," said Nair.

Local Jennifer Van Dam said she wanted to attend the meeting to understand more about what is planned around property that her family owns.

"I know my family's going to be selling their land in the next 20 years, so I want to know what's going to be happening in all of the area with zoning and environment and employment. I just want to know what the future is going to be like," she said.

Nair said that the planning process is scheduled to take roughly a year. Berk Consulting began work in January and they hope to have a plan that the cities could officially adopt by the end of the year.

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This map shows the boundary lines for the planned Arlington Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center.

Another public meeting where citizens are invited to give their input is also scheduled for the fall.

"We will be working with the public to develop a vision for what will happen," said Nair, "synthesizing everything we hear into a draft plan and will come back to the public to get your feedback in the fall."

Many citizens came out to the April kickoff meeting.

"It's fantastic. It's larger than I expected, so it's good to see the enthusiasm," said Nehring.

"It's great to get the public feedback so we can go back and take that into consideration with this subarea plan," he said.

More information about the AMMIC is available at marysvillewa.gov/786/Manufacturing-Industrial-Center or at arlingtonwa.gov/575/Manufacturing-Industrial-Center.

 

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