Port of Everett Seeks Feedback on Expanding Port Boundary

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The Port of Everett is exploring the possibility of expanding its district boundary and is asking the public to weigh in on the concept via survey, which is open through Nov. 26 for stakeholders in Snohomish County.

The expansion idea came up in 2018-2019 while the port was conducting community outreach for its Strategic Plan, a document that guides port initiatives for the next 10 years. Port commissions directed staff members to look further into the concept, including an economic value study, legal analysis and community assessment.

Port staff plan to go before the commission by the end of the year with a recommendation.

Expanding the boundaries could mean expanding the port’s resources to more parts of the county. The port’s current boundaries include most of Everett, parts of Mukilteo and small portions of unincorporated Snohomish County in the Marysville area.

To expand the port boundary, the commission must identify and approve the area, then send it to the Snohomish County Council so it can be placed on a ballot. The expansion would need to be passed by a simple majority of voters.

The survey is available at www.portofeverett.com/boundarysurvey. Stakeholders may also take the survey by phone anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Saturday at 909-496-5755.

By Karen Robes Meeks