FEBRUARY 3, 1997
News from the Metro/King County Council
by Councilmember Louise Miller
As a neighbor of the Alberg Properties in the Snoqualmie Valley west of Carnation, I would like to take this opportunity to give you an update on future mining issues that may be of concern to you.
You may be aware that during revisions to the King County Comprehensive Plan, the property owners requested a correction to the plan and map to recognize the property's status as a Legal, Non-Conforming (LNC) mineral extraction site on the Comprehensive Plan Mineral Resource Map. The site had been included in the Snoqualmie Middle Plan. When the work was done by the stake-holders group on the final mineral mapping, they missed this site which had been in the middle plan and had been historically mined in the 1960s and '70s. In late 1995, a correction for two parcels was approved by the Executive and the Council.
When property is recognized with LNC status, an applicant may apply for a grading permit to extract mineral resources consistent with historical levels without the need to rezone the property to Mineral Resource. At this point in time, the owners have met with the Department of Development & Environmental Services (DDES) at a pre-application meeting.
If the owners file for permits, there will be public notification of the hearing process as well as notices mailed to property owners within 500 feet of the parcels. Before any permits are granted a significant amount of engineering studies will have to occur. SEPA concerns such as impacts on ground water, wildlife network, noise, traffic, and safety will be addressed.
If you have any questions or need additional information, you may want to contact Grant Smith, DDES, 296-7062.