(Editor’s note: The following is a copy of a letter written to
the North Bend Planning Commission.)
As a resident of the North Bend community, I read with
great interest the article in the last issue of the Valley Record
concerning the Tollgate Farm project that would add a business park
and housing subdivision adjacent to the Meadowbrook Farm
property that was so wisely “saved” from development and preserved
as open space.
I would like to voice my opinion as being opposed to any
development of this kind on this beautiful property that is
so unique. Do we need more houses and businesses interrupting
this spectacular piece of property that makes both North Bend
and Snoqualmie so special? This land not only has great aesthetic
value for residents and visitors as well, but defines what a “rural”
community should look like.
My fear is that if we allow such types of development in
these precious rural areas, we will soon look like another Issaquah. In
addition to the loss of aesthetic value if this project is
approved, the flooding concerns are very real. How can we, in good
conscience, pave over more floodplains? What does this
potentially do to flooding concerns downstream of this project?
Another concern is that this area could contain a Native American
burial site that deserves protection.
I hope that our city Planning Commission will take the
“high road,” look at the “bigger
picture,” consider future generations, concern themselves with
preserving what’s unique, rural and wonderful about this area and deny
the application in full for this Tollgate project.
Not giving into pressure from big developers is the right
thing to do for North Bend, not only for the present, but for the future
of our beautiful valley and its rural spaces. Surely there must be
other locations where business parks and housing could go in
that wouldn’t impact this area in so many negative ways.