Opinion

Mayor defends Commission

While I usually don't respond to Letters to the Editor, I felt I could


not let the letter from Laurie Baker on the Planning Commission's action on


the Falls Crossing Development go unanswered.


While we all may have a different opinion of Falls Crossing, some


say "okay" and some say "no way", I


fully support the Planning Commission. This Mixed _ Use Application is


a Quasi _ Judicial issue, not Legislative. The Planning Commission has


fully complied with the laws and procedures required of them. I appreciate the


Planning Commission's hard work _ all the extra meetings, the time spent


away from their families, and the dedication that they have put into this


project, without compensation.


This issue must be approved or denied on the facts presented to


the Planning Commission. This issue cannot be decided on emotion, or


"what happened in Issaquah or Redmond".


The Planning Commission is a Volunteer Board made up of a mix


of citizens and businesspersons. They are involved in the future of our City


by volunteering to serve their community, and put in many hours doing just


that. They must be knowledgeable. They must know the Comprehensive


Plan and many other regulations, laws, policies and procedures.


Ms. Baker's letter goes on to say; "we deserve to have a say in the


future of this town". There have been numerous opportunities for


public comment, including public meetings, public hearings and written


comment. The Planning Commission meetings are open public meetings. The


planning Commission is made up of citizens of Snoqualmie, people who


have a vested interest in the future of the City. In addition, the City has


several other Boards, Commissions and Committees made up of citizen


volunteers. These Boards, Commissions and Committees make


recommendations to the City Council, on several


different topics or issues.


Ms. Baker, please feel free to contact me at my office (425)


888-5307 about which group you would like to volunteer your time with and I will


do my best to accommodate your request.



Fuzzy Fletcher


Mayor of Snoqualmie

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