I am writing to address the Snoqualmie Planning Commission
on the subject of the Falls Crossing development proposal. I testified at
the public hearing to express my views regarding this subject. I believe
this project portends to be extremely detrimental not only to the integrity
of Snoqualmie Falls, but also to the rural character of the town itself. In
addition, the ongoing Snoqualmie Ridge project more than fulfills
this community’s share of G.M.A. mandated population growth.
I have lived here for about 23 years now, and every time I walk to the
brink of Snoqualmie Falls, I never cease to be moved by the raw power
and beauty. I agree with the Snoqualmie Tribe in their recent testimony that
this project would harm this sacred site. The Snoqualmies as a newly
“recognized” tribe, and the Falls being
under consideration for National Landmark status, give added weight for
the need to ensure responsible stewardship of the surrounding land.
The city of Snoqualmie could choose a positive path for the
future (isn’t that what a planning commission is for?). We would choose to be
different and reject these kinds of harmful, mundane and “more of the
same” projects that continue to surround us, leaving us empty.
The city of Snoqualmie is in a unique position sharing not
only Snoqualmie Falls with its borders, but spectacular views of Mount Si and
an actual working historic railroad. Let’s work to honor these existing
elements, perhaps even tying them together in a positive way.
Consider your children’s children or a young person in your life.
What would they think about your decision when they become adults? Can
you live with that? Say no to Falls Crossing.