In the first phase, BERK provided a comprehensive analysis of market conditions, citywide employment and residential land capacity, public services, SEPA compliance options, and fiscal conditions to help answer several questions: 1) Can the City justify inclusion of the “northern notch” in the UGA? 2) Is the Northern Gateway Area suitable for urban development? 3) Is there market demand for various land uses? 4) Would annexation and development be beneficial to the City’s fiscal position?
A subarea plan and Planned Action EIS are now underway for a portion of the Gateway called the Hawk Property in a second phase of study. This location in the City limits and UGA will provide a secondary center for the City and bring added jobs and a range of housing choices to the community.