The Farm at Mill Creek

The Farm at Mill Creek Approved by Third-Party Hearing Examiner
Posted on 06/05/2019
an aerial shot of The Farm at Mill Creek landThe binding site plan for The Farm at Mill Creek, a proposed development located at 4008 132nd St. SE in Mill Creek, received approval by a third-party examiner on June 3 following the project’s May 23 public hearing.

The Farm at Mill Creek is a five-lot, mixed-use development comprising 14 buildings. It includes 354 residential apartment units and 100,000 square feet of commercial space on 17 acres of land. The development also includes public plazas and open space, along with landscaping and walking paths connecting to the existing trails on adjacent properties.

The project includes a 58-acre wetland parcel that is being rehabilitated as a wetland park. The developer recently purchased the land previously owned by Pacific Topsoils. An elevated footbridge will connect the development to the wetlands. The plans include trails, a learning center and additional parking offsite.

Now that the Hearing Examiner has issued a Decision of Approval, the applicant may move forward to formal Design Review Board review. The Farm at Mill Creek has submitted a Design Review Board application for Building D and the parking garage and is scheduled to meet with the City of Mill Creek’s Design Review Board on June 20 for review. The Design Review Board will review this application for compliance with the City’s design standards. The applicant intends to divide up the large project into several submittals to the Design Review Board for review over the summer. 

“The developer also has submitted clearing and grading plans to the City, and the City is in the process of reviewing them,” said Senior Planner Christi Schmidt.

She noted that the plans include infrastructure improvements, including stormwater vaults, roads and utilities.

Pending approval of the civil plans, the developer hopes to start clearing and grading the site in late June. 

The full text of the hearing examiner’s decision and additional information about the project is available at www.cityofmillcreek.com/thefarm