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Falls Crossing deliberations resume
SNOQUALMIE _ At a special meeting held on Nov. 10,
the Snoqualmie Planning Commission voted to extend the Falls
Crossing project's public hearing period 30 days.
The month has passed, and now the panel is back at work
considering the future of Falls Crossing.
Commission members resumed deliberations on Tuesday night,
Dec. 14, during a special meeting held at the Snoqualmie Emergency
Operations Center. According to city staffer Rhonda Montgomery, the
group picked the date during their Nov. 15 session.
"Tuesday night starts the deliberative process, and it could go on for
a couple of months," commented commission chair Matt Stone last
Friday. "The commission _ I believe _ is not in a hurry.
"We will also have our regularly scheduled meeting on the
20th. There's not much on the agenda, so I think we'll also do some more
The board granted the 30-day extension following requests from
the Snoqualmie Tribe and several citizens who expressed concerns about
possible cultural and natural resources on the site. As a result, the
commission has received additional written comments on the project, including a
letter from Allyson Brooks, the Washington State Historic Preservation
In her letter _ dated Dec. 9 and addressed to Mayor Fletcher and
the members of the planning commission _ Brooks wrote, "As your State
Historic Preservation Officer, I feel it is my responsibility to notify you that
the development will be next to one of the most significant historic properties
in the State of Washington."
She reminded the commission that Snoqualmie Falls is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places and holds a unique position as the first
"traditional culture" site ever listed
in Washington. In addition, Brooks advised her office was working with
the National Park Service on elevating the Falls to National Landmark status.
"Designation as a National Historic Landmark is the highest honor
a property can receive in the United States," she continued, "and is
thereby recognized as having exceptional value to our nation."
Brooks further requested her office's involvement in the
project, stating the proposed Falls Crossing development "might have an
impact to the historic characteristics that contribute to the property's eligibility
as a historic resource.
"We would also be delighted to meet with you and members of
the planning commission to assist with integrating historic preservation
into your planning and growth strategy," she concluded.
With the holidays looming, the commission will hold its last
regularly scheduled meeting of 1999 on Monday, Dec. 20. The session is
scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at City Hall.