Northwest NEWS

June 12, 2000

Valley Special

Treemont proposal sent back to hearing examiner

Council cites concerns over unanswered questions

by Lisa Allen, Valley View editor

   FALL CITY--The King County Council voted last week to send the proposed Treemont development back to the hearing examiner for further study. The developer, Port Blakely Communities, proposes to build 194 homes on 238 acres near Fall City.

   Residents have expressed concerns about the proposal during the past several years over traffic and possible impacts of the development on the rural area and flood plain. The subdivision was vested under 1988 zoning which puts the property at one house per acre.

   Grace Reamer, legislative aide to King County Councilman Dave Irons, said the council needed further answers to questions regarding the size of the development and how runoff will be directed. "Dave Irons is also concerned about Patterson Creek," she said. "The vote was 9-3 to remand the proposal back to the examiner."