Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon has issued the third veto of his 11-month tenure on a change to county land-use laws. The "friendly veto" last week was based on technical...

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Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon has issued the third veto of his 11-month tenure on a change to county land-use laws.

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The “friendly veto” last week was based on technical problems with an ordinance passed by the County Council.

The ordinance had attempted to clarify what to do if land is split by an urban-growth-area boundary. Urban-growth areas consist of land around cities that is set aside for development.

Though the ordinance was intended to make it clear that some kinds of development would be allowed on only part of the property, it inadvertently made it possible for an urban-growth boundary to be used to subdivide property.

Because urban-growth boundaries are guidelines for planning and aren’t meant to subdivide property, the county’s lawyers determined the ordinance could have exposed the county to liability. Using the boundaries that way could have circumvented other subdivision procedures or expanded urban-growth areas without going through steps required by the state Growth Management Act.


Business group honors housing-agency founder

The Greater Everett Area Chamber of Commerce has honored a local man who helped found a low-income housing agency.

The Dick Stephens Community Caring Award was given last week to Todd Morrow, a co-founder and board member of Housing Hope. Morrow is Community Transit’s intergovernmental-relations manager and a chamber board member.

He helped form Housing Hope in 1987, combining his interest in providing housing with his role as an elder at Everett First Presbyterian Church. He helped raise $50,000 for the agency’s Century House, a home for pregnant teens.


Aviation center’s planners settle on its moniker

A planned aviation center at Paine Field will be called the Future of Flight — Aviation Center and Boeing Tour, Snohomish County’s executive and council members decided last week.

Bill Lewallen, Paine Field’s deputy airport director and the center’s project manager, said it was significant for the county to get “Boeing” in the name because the company is easily recognized by international visitors, who make up about half of the people who go on the current Boeing tour.

The 73,000-square-foot aviation center is slated to open in August.


Senior center schedules holiday-themed outings

Two holiday-related day trips are planned this week by the Everett Senior Activity Center, 3025 Lombard Ave.

The Warm Beach Lights of Christmas, a Stanwood-area display of more than 1 million lights, is the destination of a trip Friday. The cost is $15.

The trip includes a stop at the new Angel of the Winds casino near Arlington and dinner at the Stanwood Pavilion.

The second trip includes a ride on the Mystic Sea in a Christmas parade of boats. That trip will cost $50.

Information: 425-257-8780.


Public meeting to focus on possible arts center

The Arts Council of Snohomish County and the city of Everett will host a public discussion from 6 to 8 tonight with Artspace, a Minneapolis nonprofit organization that creates galleries, classrooms, and affordable studios and living spaces for artists.

The community is invited to participate in this discussion about the feasibility of a regional arts center for Everett. It will be held at the Everett Events Conference Center, 2000 Hewitt Ave.

For information, call Judy Tuohy, the Arts Council’s executive director, at 425-257-8380. For information on Artspace, visit


Food to be collected at neighborhood party

People attending tonight’s Bayside-neighborhood holiday party are asked to bring donations of nonperishable food. The party, sponsored by Everett’s Office of Neighborhoods, will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Van Valey house, 2130 Colby Ave., Everett.

The donations will be given to the Snohomish County Food Bank. Attendees also are asked to bring a dessert or other treat to share at the party.

Information: 425-257-8700.


Bridal event to showcase fashion, local information

The Northwest Bridal Showcase for 2005 will be at the Everett Events Center Conference Center on Feb. 5 and 6.

The event will showcase more than 70 wedding professionals, a fashion show, a gown show and giveaways totaling more than $7,000 worth of wedding gifts and services.

On display will be dresses, tuxedos, floral arrangements and work by photographers, videographers, and hair and makeup specialists.

Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 with a $2 discount coupon available at any Bon-Macy’s registry department.


Millions in bonds sold for convention center

The Lynnwood Public Facilities District (PFD) has sold $27.9 million worth of bonds to finance the Lynnwood Convention Center, which is under construction on 196th Street Southwest.

The $31 million project, just west of Interstate 5, is 75 percent complete. A grand opening is scheduled for April.

The Lynnwood and Snohomish County councils helped the PFD secure a favorable interest rate of 4.8 percent by helping ensure its financial stability.

The Lynnwood council voted three months ago to lend city money to the PFD if it were unable to make bond payments. The city’s finance director, Mike Bailey, told the council that a 1 percent difference in bond rates would amount to $6 million over the 30-year life of the bonds.

Then the County Council guaranteed the city’s share of the county’s hotel-motel-tax proceeds through 2034.


City grants available for local festivals

Grant applications for funding for next year’s festivals and community celebrations are available through the Lynnwood Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department.

Proposed events must have broad-based appeal and provide family-oriented activities.

Applications may be picked up at 18900 44th Ave. W. The deadline is Jan. 28. Information: or 425-744-6445.


City campaign wants you to “find yourself”

A new advertising campaign with the theme “Find Yourself in Edmonds” has been launched with print and radio spots intended to lure shoppers, tourists, art lovers and businesses.

The ads are funded by the Greater Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, the city, the Port of Edmonds and businesses that have come together as Team Edmonds. The project includes free marketing kits and other professional services for businesses.

Community and business interests are invited to informational meetings in the Brackett Room at Edmonds City Hall, 121 Fifth Ave. N. Meetings are scheduled for 2 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 18 and 25. Information: 425-670-1496.

Compiled by the Seattle Times Snohomish County bureau.