Three Lakes

A blog for members and friends of Three Lakes Neighbors for Responsible Growth, dedicated to monitoring and maintaining the rural environment of central Snohomish County, Washington

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Hearing Examiner's Decision . . . finally

The Snohomish Hearing Examiner, Robert J. Backstein, has finally rendered his decision regarding the Panther Lake Ridge Development that impacts our Three Lakes Neighborhood.

Mr. Backstein has decided in response to our last Hearing on Remand from the Country Council that the Development, minus two lots previously removed, and with some slight modifications to provide for better buffering with the neighborhood, can proceed.

The full decision was mailed to the parties of record on Friday the 13th, which was appropriate. I've posted a copy here if you didn't get a copy in the mail. I've read through it and it doesn't seem to be a very good summary of the hearing, but I suppose that it provides the information needed to support the decision made.

Our group has the oportunity to appeal this decision back to the County Council, and we will be meeting in a few days to decide what to do.

If you are one of the neighbors of the development or a member of our group, Three Lakes Neighbors for Responsible Growth, you are probably intimately familiar with the history of this development. Because it was going through the Permit approval process, and we were involved in hearings, we generally did not discuss the issue publicly, such as in this Blog. However, as the process draws closer to its conclusion and we are faced with the beginnings of construction, I for one will probably be more publicly vocal and involved in the public discussion about Rural Cluster developments and their impact on the local environment.

I will also be speaking out about the impact of Initiative 933 on our local area and how it will affect us if it passes.


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