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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
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.