Photo: Fennel Creek in Bonney Lake, WA.
Seattle, WA – The City of Bonney Lake has received a Washington State Department of Commerce 2019 Governor’s Smart Communities Award. The program, now in its 14th year, recognizes projects that promote smart growth planning and “contribute to thriving communities, a prosperous economy, and sustainable infrastructure in Washington.”
The City received the Judge’s Merit Award, which is given to a project that is a “shining example of the best work in a particular topic,” for their 2017 Watershed Protection and Lane Use Plan. Parametrix partnered with the City to prepare the plan, which provides an integrated systems approach to watershed protection and land use planning.
“The City is committed to balancing the needs of economic development and environmental protection. This plan is an integrated approach to facilitating development in Bonney Lake while meeting the requirements of the regional growth strategy and protecting our natural environment,” stated City of Bonney Lake Mayor, Neil Johnson.
The City of Bonney Lake, located in a rapidly growing part of Pierce County in the Puyallup River basin, has unique geologic conditions not typically found in many western Washington communities, including a drift plain with low hills of outwash materials and numerous closed depressions. Fennel Creek, the main stream in the City, is a former glacial meltwater channel, much of which was later filled with a mudflow from Mount Rainier. This combination of high and low infiltration on a relatively geologically young landscape required site-specific stormwater solutions.
“Their approach to storm water planning is impressive,” stated one competition judge. The project “represents a holistic approach to addressing multiple goals of the growth management act,” according to the Department of Commerce’s news release.
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