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Council begins Falls Crossing process

SNOQUALMIE — The Snoqualmie City Council took its


first look at Falls Crossing last week following the Sept. 5 Planning


Commission vote to recommend approval of the development, with findings


and conditions.


The Monday-night discussion centered around developing a plan for


the review process. Immediately following the Planning Commission


vote, city staff said the council would have 90 days to complete the review


and make its decision. However, City Attorney Pat Anderson told


council members that the 90 days applies only to getting the matter before the


City Council and allowing them sufficient time to sift through the huge


amount of material and evidence collected by the Planning Commission.


At the suggestion of consulting land-use attorney Jay Derr, the


council agreed to take additional public comment on Oct. 24. The meeting


will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 10 p.m., with about one hour devoted to


citizen comment. A sign-up sheet will be provided, but if all parties are


not heard before time runs out, the meeting will carry over to Oct. 25 at 7


p.m. The location had not been established by press time.


Comments must be limited to the findings and conditions developed


by the Planning Commission. The findings and conditions are part of


the public record and are available for viewing at the city of


Snoqualmie Administrative Office, 8020 Railroad Ave. S.E.


"Because the decision-making process is quasi-judicial, the


Planning Commission was required to make its decision based on the evidence,


not their personal wishes or desires," Anderson said. "They had to look


at whether the Falls Crossing proposal met mixed-use ordinance and


comprehensive plan requirements and whether environmental impacts


could be mitigated. This is true for the City Council, also."


No estimate of time needed for completing the City Council


review process was given, and it is not known if portions of the record, other than


the additional public comment period, will be reopened.

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