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Falls Crossing vote expected

SNOQUALMIE_The Snoqualmie Planning Commission was


expected to vote this week on the Falls Crossing Mixed-Use application, a


182-acre housing and retail development proposed by Puget Western Inc. (PWI).


Located on Snoqualmie Parkway, the development has been the


subject of continuing controversy because of its proximity to Snoqualmie Falls.


The Tuesday meeting of the planning commission was held after the


Valley Record went to press.


On June 19, the Planning Commission voted to direct city staff to


prepare a document recommending approval of the project with specific


findings and conditions attached. The conditions are crafted to address


concerns about increased traffic and mitigate impacts to the environment. The


panel completed a review and made final revisions to the findings and


conditions on Aug. 21.


Following the expected vote, the Planning Commission's


recommendation, along with the public comments, expert testimony, study results


and other data, will be passed on to the City Council for review. The council


will have 90 days to either accept the Planning Commission's


recommendation or deny the application.


As the proposal works its way through the approval process,


the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, a non-profit organization that


facilitates purchase of privately held land to public ownership along the


Interstate 90 corridor, is continuing efforts to secure at least a portion of the


Falls Crossing land.


"This property is a very important asset," said Nancy Keith,


executive director of the Greenway Trust.


"The total setting of the Falls and its grandeur is one of the region's great


treasures. We're looking for a way to help preserve the land that's fair to


everybody."


The group has been working with PWI and state agencies to


encourage the acquisition. Now in its 10th year, the Greenway Trust has


negotiated with private property owners and governments to secure more than


50,000 acres of sensitive lands for the public.

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