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OCTOBER 6, 1997

Opinion

Comprehensive Plan Amendments

  It is that time of year when King County conducts hearings on a number of proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, and once again there is a major issue for all citizens in the Snoqualmie Valley. Many of you have heard about the proposed 120 acre gravel mining site on Novelty Hill, just south of 124th Avenue on SR 203 between Duvall and Carnation. For those of you who drive along these roads every day, you should be aware that if gravel mining is allowed this could result in the extraction of several million cubic yards or gravel from a mine operating twelve hours per day, six days a week, at a haul rate of over 100 trucks per day.
  
   The King County Growth Management Committee is currently considering an amendment that would reverse the Legal Non-Conforming (LNC) use status which allows the developers to apply for a permit. Without this status, the developers would be required to prove that they had historically conducted commercial sand and gravel operations on their land.
  
   Novelty Neighbors, a group of citizens affected by the proposed gravel pit was organized to insist that the county base their LNC designations on accurate and credible information. Evidence from air photos, lack of previous county permits, and testimony from adjacent neighbors indicate that the developers have no basis for their LNC or to apply for a permit.
  
   Please write or call members of the Growth Management Committee (296-1000) to recommend reversal of the LNC designations for Site #41 to a potential mining site. This will force the developers to submit the information necessary to substantiate their alleged right to mine in an agricultual and residential zoned community.
  
   Name: Jim Eldridge