The North Bend Planning Commission would like to
respond to the Valley Record’s statement in its Jan. 24 issue that
the Planning Commission has put its “recommendation of
approval” on the Tollgate proposal. Although we understand that
the Record will be placing a retraction in the Record’s next
issue, the commissioners want to assure all interested parties that we
have not yet even begun deliberations.
Public hearings on the FEIS for both the Tollgate master
plan and Tollgate Estates were just held on Jan. 24 and 25.
Because of commissioners’ concerns that the error in the Record’s Jan.
24 article may have affected anyone’s desire or ability to
submit comments (and also in response to the publics’ request
for an extension), the commissioners voted to extend the written
comment period to Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. (Submit written
comments to the City Clerk’s office.) The Planning Commission
will begin its deliberations at its Feb. 22 meeting, 7:30 p.m., at the
Senior Center. We will include as part of our review and
deliberations, all comments submitted (oral and written), the FEIS,
staff reports, and any other documentation submitted into the
record (not referring to the paper!).
Commissioners would like to encourage all interested parties
to submit written comments. Members of the public are welcome
to attend the Feb. 22 meeting, as well as future meetings, although
there will be no avenue for public input at these meetings.
Commissioners will schedule as many meetings as necessary to spend
the time we need to thoroughly deliberate and review all
information/comments before finalizing our recommendation to the
North Bend City Council for its review and final decision. Thank you.
North Bend Planning