The Farm Development Agreement Approved

City Council Approves Development Agreement for The Farm at Mill Creek
Posted on 03/27/2019
A rendering of the proposed developmentA proposed project in northeastern Mill Creek took another step forward this week with the approval of the development agreement by the Mill Creek City Council based on the City’s regulations that were created in 2008 and modified in 2012.

The Council received comments from the community during a public hearing at its March 26 Council meeting.

The development agreement goes above and beyond meeting City zoning regulations. The joint agreement between the City and the developer provides additional benefits to the City, including providing a 50-year lease for 500 square feet of municipal space to the City at no cost; a 58-acre parcel of land adjacent to the site that will be restored and preserved as a wetland with trails and nature amenities; and a public gathering area and plazas at the development that can be used for City events.

The proposed development has several other steps in the review process. First is the City issuance of a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) determination, which ensures that environmental values were considered, and that impacts to the built and natural environment were evaluated.

A rendering of the projectFollowing the issuance by the City of the SEPA threshold determination, a public hearing will be scheduled on the binding site plan. The hearing is conducted by the City’s neutral hearing examiner. The hearing is advertised 10 days in advance of the date it is held, during which time the public can submit comments to the hearing examiner for consideration. Further, the public may provide written and oral comments and feedback at the hearing.

If the hearing examiner approves the project, it will move forward with design review, permitting and other building processes.

Additional information about the project is online at