Two sides in Treemont debate to work on agreement

FALL CITY - If the two sides debating the scope of the proposed Treemont development can't reach an agreement by Tuesday morning, the King County Council is expected to take action.

An accord by the parties involved is the best hope for an expeditious end to the more than decade-long debate, as both sides say they'll likely appeal a Council decision. An appeal would find the issue taken to the state Supreme Court, prolonging a process that began in 1988 when developer Port Blakely Communities filed the plat application for Treemont.

Treemont, a proposed 194-lot development, which would be constructed west of Fall City along State Route 202 on 239 tree-covered acres, has raised the ire of two local community groups who are opposed to the number of residences slated for the site. That number, says Neighbors Against Flooding and Friends Against Excessive Development, should be pared to 47 lots in order to reduce the environmental impacts caused by the project.

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