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Posted on: December 1, 2023

North Bend Weekly Recap: Light up NB, Holly Days, affordable housing, flood watch, and more

Weekly Recap 12.01.23

Happy Friday, North Bend! Welcome to the newest edition of your Weekly Recap. Remember to click linked headlines for articles and posts. 

Now is the time to register for the Light up North Bend holiday lighting contest: Every year, Light Up North Bend brings homes, businesses, and nonprofit organizations together for a bit of healthy competition. The registration deadline is Thursday, December 7. Participating locations must be decorated and ready by December 8 at 5 p.m. Judging will occur December 8 through 10 with the help of North Bend commissioners, the North Bend Downtown Foundation, and other local leaders. Expect prizes and a holiday lighting tour map!

Holly Days, North Bend’s winter festival, returns on December 2: The North Bend Downtown Foundation invites you to join in on the ever-heartwarming, outdoor old-fashioned festival and tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 2. In addition to the official tree lighting ceremony with Mayor Pro Tem Heather Koellen, activities will include fireside s’mores, festive glow bracelets, hot cocoa, local live entertainment emceed by Mayor Elect Mary Miller, complimentary photos with Santa and letter-writing to Santa, and crafting with local nonprofit organizations. To safely accommodate everyone, the City of North Bend will be closing a few blocks of the downtown historic area.

This week, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Flood Watch for the Pacific Northwest: NWS predicts an active weather pattern that will continue with a series of frontal systems through December 6, bringing with it excessive rainfall that could cause river flooding, and may also lead to isolated residential and/or urban flooding. View the NWS Flood Watch winter weather advisory by visiting For residents concerned about potential localized street flooding impacting their homes and businesses, the City's Public Works Facility has sand and sandbags available during regular business hours.

The community is invited to join City staff and elected officials for the December 5 City Council meeting at 7 p.m.: Topics include:

  • Appointments to Economic Development Commission 
  • Appointments to Parks Commission 
  • Selection of the 2024 Mayor Pro Tem
  • Ordinance – Amending NBMC 17.08.150 regarding application requirements for preliminary plats and binding site plans
  • Ordinance – Repealing NBMC 20.12.050(G) regarding the Wastewater Treatment Plan/Sewer Capacity
  • Resolution – Authorizing REET 2 Funds for real estate property purchase

Snoqualmie-North Bend Police and ICAC Task Force arrest North Bend resident: On Thursday, the Snoqualmie/North Bend Police Department served a search warrant in the 400 block of Stow Ave S in the City of North Bend, WA. Snoqualmie PD requested and received assistance from the ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Task Force in this investigation. 

Please join Planning Commission and city staff for the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Element, Designations, and Zoning workshop: On January 3, 2024, look forward to an informal and open opportunity to provide input and participate in discussion with the Planning Commission and city staff on all things land use and zoning. For more information, contact Principal Planner Mike McCarty, North Bend Community and Economic Development Department by phone, at (425) 888-7649, or email, at

Council approves a resolution authorizing a land purchase for affordable housing and economic development: On November 14 at the Special City Council meeting, the Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution authorizing the purchase and sale agreement of land for the use in local affordable housing efforts. The land purchase will also provide needed homes for local workers and help ease the workforce shortage among North Bend businesses. Following the approval of the resolution, the City entered into escrow for a property located in downtown North Bend, at 230 Main Ave. North. Funding for the property will be provided by the City’s Real Estate Excise Tax (REET 2) funds that allow land acquisition for affordable housing. 

Council approves Six-Year Capital Improvement Plan: On November 21 at the City Council meeting, the Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution adopting the 2024 through 2029 Six-Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), following the September 23 Transportation and Public Works (TPW) Committee meeting, as well as a first reading on October 17, and a second TPW Committee meeting on October 24.

Help keep your neighborhood storm drains and culverts clear: City crews work hard to keep storm drains and culverts clear of leaves and other debris, but with thousands of these in North Bend, we could use your help. Fallen leaves pile up on storm drains on our streets, blocking rainwater from draining, which can lead to neighborhood flooding. 

Keep up with the City on social media: One of the easiest ways to keep up with City happenings and breaking news is to follow us on social media. We are active on Facebook, X and Instagram. Stop by and become a City of North Bend follower today. You can also find the City on NextDoor.

Picture of the Week: Local photographer Gary Anderson shared a beautiful photo on Facebook of a sunrise morning at Meadowbrook Farm this week, where elk of all ages graze.

Gary Anderson photo of elk

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