Treemont application heard by council

SEATTLE - After 14 years, Port Blakely Communities' Treemont plat application for 194 lots on 239 acres west of Fall City along State Route 202 has evolved into a thorny land-use issue.

Consequently, on Monday, Sept. 30, the Metropolitan King County Council decided to withhold making a decision as to how large the development can be until 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14.

"This is a very complicated land-use appeal, even for those of us who have done a great many of them," said council Chairwoman Cynthia Sullivan.

This summer, King County Hearing Examiner Stafford Smith recommended the proposed Treemont development - the plat application to which was first submitted in 1988 - be scaled down to 83 lots from 194. He cited environmental concerns and traffic impacts at intersections along SR 202 as reasons for reducing the development's density.

"The density that they're looking to build at is just not suitable to that area," said Bob Seana, a member of Neighbors Against Flooding and Friends Against Excessive Development.

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