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911 Addressing
Overview
In the City of Mill Creek, and at various locations throughout Snohomish County, there are a number of discrepancies in physical addresses that require attention. Specifically within Mill Creek, there are two duplicate street names with overlapping number ranges in different neighborhoods.

The only street in the Fairway Fountains neighborhood is 22nd Court SE, where addresses range from 15600 to 15699. Across Village Green Drive SE from Fairway Fountains is the Springtree neighborhood. Within Springtree, there is also a 22nd Court SE, where addresses range from 15600 to 15799. In this instance, there are duplicate named streets with overlapping address ranges.

The 22nd Court SE information presented by County officials creates a public safety concern. Emergency response can be delayed or responders could even arrive at the wrong address altogether. It also creates a problem with mapping software, impacting the U.S. Postal Service and commercial freight and parcel delivery companies.

The Snohomish County 911 office is undertaking a project to ensure that addresses are administered accurately throughout the county and is charged with addressing these issues. In addition to the 22nd Court SE issue in Mill Creek, the County has identified dozens of additional discrepancies within the City, but has determined that these issues can be managed through local knowledge. An example of these lesser-impactful issues is the fact that the Country Club Village condos are addressed on the wrong side of the street. A number of these issues exist in other areas of the City as well. Snohomish County does not feel there is a benefit to correcting this addressing error.

Address Correction for 22nd Court SE
An image of the impacted area
The impacted neighborhood is the Fairway Fountains area of 22nd Court SE.
The county suggested that residents change the Fairway Fountains neighborhood street name from 22nd Court SE to a proper (noun) name. The residents agreed to change it to Fairway Fountains Court SE.

Next Steps
As part of the County’s project to update addresses for public safety, the City reached out to your neighborhood property management company, Pro Realty Options, on April 27 about the need to change the street name. The City also reached out to key residents, who reached out to neighbors and made the determination to change the street name to Fairway Fountains Court SE.

Therefore, we are moving forward to officially change the street name from 22nd Court SE to Fairway Fountains Court SE. This is effective June 23, 2017.

Entities that the City notified of the address change on June 8, 2017, include:

  • 911
  • Alderwood Water & Wastewater District
  • Assessor's Office (taxes)
  • Auditor's Office (elections)
  • Comcast
  • Everett School District
  • Frontier Communications
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • Snohomish County PUD
  • U.S. Post Office
  • Verizon

Residents and home owners are responsible for changing their addresses with all other entities including, but not limited to:

  • Banks
  • Cell Phone Companies
  • Credit Cards
  • Insurance Companies
  • Washington State Department of Licensing
  • Waste Management

A notification letter was mailed to all residents and homeowners in this neighborhood on June 8, 2017. Notification was also provided to the HOA's management company as well as the Mill Creek Community Association on June 8, 2017.

Background Information
Snohomish County has an address grid system based on quadrants: northwest, northeast, southwest and southeast. Each quadrant is divided into blocks bounded by streets and avenues. Each block is 330 feet or 1/16 mile. Streets run east and west and avenues run north and south. Roads falling on east/west grid lines are ‘streets (e.g., 132nd Street SE). Roads falling between east/west grid lines are ‘Places’ (e.g., 138th Place SE). Roads falling on north/south grid lines are ‘Avenues’ (e.g., 35th Avenue SE). Roads falling between north/south grid lines are ‘Places’ (13th Place SE). Any road that winds, angles or in some manner crosses over or does not follow grid lines will have a proper name designation (e.g., Village Green Drive).

House and building address numbers are also governed by a recognized system. House numbers consist of two parts: a block identifier and a house identifier. The last two digits of every address number are the house identifier. The remaining digits identify the block the house is in. A house number will be designated for every twenty feet on each side of every block. Even numbers will be on the west and south sides and odd numbers will be on the north and east sides.