City re-starts stalled annexation proceedings

SNOQUALMIE - The Snoqualmie City Council passed a resolution at its July 14 meeting that will allow the city to move ahead with plans to annex approximately 454 acres of land that includes land slated for an expansion of the Salish Lodge and Spa and the Snoqualmie Ridge II development.

The move came about 18 months after the state Supreme Court ruled that the petition method of annexation the city had planned to use to annex land was unconstitutional.

Relief, however, came from the state Legislature, which introduced a bill earlier this year that would allow cities to annex land if they can get signatures from landowners who own a majority of the acreage of the land the city wants to annex and signatures from a majority of the registered voters who live on the land.

Cities that want to annex land with no residents, such as Snoqualmie, need only get signatures from landowners who own a majority of the acreage of the land. The governor signed the bill into law on May 16 and it was effective immediately.

Gateway Cascades, the company that owns the Salish Lodge and Spa, resubmitted an application for annexation and is waiting on a decision from the King County Boundary Review Board.

Once that is done, the project will then go through all of the permitting procedures before construction can begin. Once construction begins, it will take 18-24 months to complete the proposed 250-room hotel and conference center on the land across the street from the Salish's State Route 202 location.

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