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.
Mayor of Snoqualmie