Land that hasn't yet been developed, but is privately owned. Buying it for open space would be expensive.
Covering it with houses would be difficult due to wetlands and much opposition from neighbors.
I've read that developers plan to cluster the housing into duplexes, townhouses and so forth to build around wetlands and allow some open space to remain. Trails would be included and buffering along the Interurban Trail which passes near the property would be preserved.
Better than many existing neighborhoods.
Still, this isn't enough to satisfy folks who would like to preserve Chuckanut Ridge as open space.
One possible solution:
Build a few high rises in one corner of the property and leave the remainder as open space. That would be my kind of solution. Encourage non family and non car oriented folks who can live in small units. Provide bus service. Cluster the housing into mostly high rises in one corner of the land and preserve much of the remainder for open space.
Would this work?
Probably not in this society; especially on the outskirts of the city. Usually high rise living is closer to the core of a city. Still, it's an idea, if more people lived and thought like me.
I'm not real anti development out there. I've never walked back in there to fall in love with those woods. Maybe I wouldn't miss it and development has to go somewhere as long as people keep having kids and moving here.
Still, in some ways, it's sad that population keeps growing and land has become so expensive.
One of a bunch of "NO" signs along Chuckanut Drive in south part of Bellingham, WA.