Ask Twisp to annex two parcels
Hank and Judy Konrad, owners of Hank’s Harvest Foods, have asked the Town of Twisp to annex two properties along Highway 20 with plans to develop the parcels with affordable housing.
Together with an existing, adjacent lot the Konrads own that is already within town limits, the two parcels would amount to about 10 acres that could be developed, the Konrads told the town in their annexation request.
The Konrad parcels proposed for annexation are located on the north side of Highway 20, just east of the highway’s junction with Twisp Airport Road. The two that would be annexed are directly east of the lot that is already within town limits. The properties are an elevated bench above the highway.
The annexation request was received by the town in late August.
Annexation is a multi-step process, with a public comment component, that can take many months to complete even if all parties are agreed.
“As you may know we are working to provide affordable housing for the working class, many of which are employees of Hank’s Market,” the Konrads said in a letter to the town. “The two properties we are requesting to annex when combined with an existing parcel is close to 10 acres of potential residential lots. The bench where they exist is elevated above the highway and is safe and well suited to raise a family or grow old in a quiet neighborhood.”
“We would also consider using any available public development grant funding from the Town of Twisp for infrastructure development and directly compensating purchasers by reducing the market value of lots based on the amount of grant funding,” the Konrads said in the letter.
The parcels proposed for annexation are both within the town’s urban growth boundary, created as part of Twisp’s planning process in anticipation of future growth.
The annexation request was introduced and briefly discussed at last week’s Town Council meeting, where Mayor Soo Ing-Moody said that Public Works Director Andrew Denham has started discussions with the Konrads about water and sewer system considerations to serve the proposed residential development.
Council member Mark Easton asked if there is an estimate of how many units might be built, and whether the town has adequate water reserves to serve the new homes. Ing-Moody said no detailed plans are available yet.
“Hypothetically, we have the water capacity,” Ing-Moody said.
Denham said the town extended a water line to the area in 2017 to serve properties in the future. “Adequate pressure and volume are available,” Denham said. He added that sewage service is already available. “The infrastructure is there,” Denham said. “At this point it all looks good.”
Gary Scott, representing the Konrads, told the council that the town’s existing R-3 zoning would provide for mixed-use development that could include single-family and multifamily residences. He said the Konrads want to provide “affordable housing” to help meet the community’s needs.
Scott said the proposed development is likely to be “more dense than less dense.”
“He [Konrad] wants to use his properties to make a difference,” Scott said.
Ing-Moody said “initial conversations” could include discussion about possible grants for infrastructure development.
The three parcels, with information provided by the Okanogan County Assessor’s Office:
• 5.8 acres with a small, single-family dwelling, 2022 taxable market value $154,000. Purchased by the Konrads in 2015 for $163,000 from the estate of Judy Burbank.
• 1.5 acres with a single-family dwelling, 2022 taxable market value $169,000. Purchased in June 2021 from James and Alisha McMillan for $400,000.
• 3.11 acres within town limits with a manufactured housing unit, 2022 taxable market value $185,900. Purchased for $165,000 in 2001 from Dale and Judy Wells.