Open letter to city of North Bend

For many years, my wife Barbara and I have lived near the proposed Tannerwood development property. Daily, we pass it by and observe many animal species such as elk, deer, bear, hawk, coyote and buzzard.

For many years, my wife Barbara and I have lived near the proposed Tannerwood development property. Daily, we pass it by and observe many animal species such as elk, deer, bear, hawk, coyote and buzzard. Because of its location between Interstate 90 and the Snoqualmie River’s Middle Fork, it is a critical animal corridor.

We are glad to share our property with these wonderful animal neighbors. We too reside in a residential development, but due to the lot sizes and areas of natural woods left intact, the animals can pass through this space with some degree of shelter.

In addition to sharing our property with these aninals, we must also share our public streets. This is more dangerous for animals and drivers. Further loss of critical habitat will only increase this danger.

As we understand the proposed building density of Tannerwood, it would be four homes per acre. Considering the critical existing use and location, this seems excessive and could prove detrimental to us and the animals. We strongly request that you thoroughly investigate the impact Tannerwood will have on the surrounding neighborhood and use your authority to mitigate risk to all.

Ron and Barbara Scoones

North Bend


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