January 3, 2000
DUVALL--The Department of Developmental and Environmental Services (DDES) will issue a decision on the application for the proposed Duvall Rock Quarry after a 14-day comment period which ends on January 20 of this year.
The notice of the application for a grading permit was filed in July of 1998 by Duvall Quarry, L.L.C., the owners of the 83.3 acre site located about two miles north of Duvall. The application was determined by DDES to be complete on August 25, 1999.
Friends of Cherry Valley, a group that was formed in March to oppose the quarry, is holding an an informational meeting on January 11, 7 p.m., in the gym at Cherry Valley Elementary School.
The group says that if the quarry is allowed to be developed, the area would be impacted by increased dump truck traffic (up to 500 trips a day), noise, dust, and threatened fisheries. Plans by the owners are to mine nearly 23 million cubic yards of rock over 60 or so years.
Phil Fordyce, area administrator for the state Department of Transportation, and Fereshteh Dehkordi, DDES planner, will be at the meeting to discuss traffic impacts, the permitting process, and how the public can become involved.
The Washington State Deparment of Transportation (DOT) has already noted in a letter to DDES that they believe the project requires a "more thorough and exhaustive study of the impacts to be expected to the environment should this development be permitted." In the letter, DOT says there would be tremendous impacts to SR-203, including increased vehicular volume resulting in reduced levels of service and air quality, increased noise and dust, and adverse physical and hydraulic impacts to SR-203, plus impacts to the city of Duvall.
A lawsuit has been filed against King County by Friends of Cherry Valley that contends that zoning for the quarry was obtained without the necessary environmental studies. Pre-trial has already been held, said "Friends" President Clarise Mahler, with trial set for April.
"It's important that residents attend the January 11 meeting," said Mahler. "What this quarry proposes is incompatible with everything here--farming, wildlife, fish, and our way of life."
Written comments on the application must be submitted to DDES; Land Use Services Division; 900 Oakesdale Ave. SW; Renton, WA 98055-1219. Information can be reviewed in the Renton office or call 206-296-7087.