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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
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.