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Sims to WRECO: No go on Phase II
The King County Department of Development and Environmental
Services (DDES) held a public hearing on the King County
comprehensive Plan 2000 Update on Monday night, Nov. 8. The meeting _ the second
of four scheduled public forums for cities and communities around
the county _ drew a standing-room-only crowd of over 160 to the
lunchroom of Tolt Middle School in Carnation.
King County Executive Ron Sims made a brief introduction and
then moderated the public portion of the session. He and DDES staff
listened and took notes as several participants spoke out about issues affecting
the rural portions of the county. As could be expected, much of the emphasis
of the citizens involved concerns about growth, traffic, environmental
protection and preserving the rural character of the county.
During her briefing, DDES Senior Planner Betty Renkor stressed
that modifications to the Urban Growth Boundaries (UGB) in the county
consisted of "minor border adjustments."
However, when asked about Weyerhaeuser Real Estate
Company's request to push out Snoqualmie's UGB, therefore enabling
development and annexation of the proposed Snoqualmie Ridge Phase II, Sims
was more direct.
"We are opposed," he said.
"Phase II is inappropriate, and we have indicated to Weyerhaeuser that we will
not support it.
"That (proposed development) will hurt the urban character
of Snoqualmie. I will not approve it."
DDES developed the Public Review Draft 2000 Update of the
Comprehensive Plan in accordance with the state's Growth Management Act.
The update represents the first major review and proposes the first set
of changes since the 1994 adoption of the King County Comprehensive
Plan. The last of the four public meetings concerning the 2000 update will
take place at Chatauqua Elementary on Vashon Island next Thursday, Nov.
18, with the public comment period ending in January. Sims will submit
the complete Executive Recommended Amendment to the Metropolitan
King County Council on March 1, 2000.
Full coverage of Monday night's meeting in Carnation and the
2000 Update _ including Sims' and participants' comments on rural issues -
will appear in next week's edition of the Snoqualmie Valley Record. Copies
of the Public Review Draft can be accessed via the county's Web site,
As for Snoqualmie's budget, Mayor Fletcher says there will be
an impact, but he feels the city will not be hit as hard as some other
"Council held a public hearing on Monday night (Nov. 8) and we
will be taking all those public comments and the I-695 issue to a council
budget workshop in a week or so," he stated early Tuesday. "I feel we
will have a true and realistic idea of the exact effects of I-695 in a couple