State seeks input on proposed environmental rule change

December 2, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 2012

The state Department of Ecology is collecting public input on a proposed rule to give local governments, including Issaquah and King County, more flexibility for small construction projects.

The draft rule change to the State Environmental Policy Act aims to allow local governments more leeway to exempt minor construction projects from review under the law, such as small-scale residential housing developments, as well as certain agricultural, commercial office and school buildings.

The proposal also aims to simplify the checklist required under the law.

Enacted in 1971, SEPA helps agencies identify possible environmental impacts related to government decisions, such as issuing permits for projects, constructing public facilities, or adopting regulations, policies or plans.

Residents can email comments to separulemaking@ecy.wa.gov. Or, mail comments to Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47703, Olympia, WA 98504-7600. Contact Fran Sant at fran.sant@ecy.wa.gov or 360-407-6932 with specific questions about the draft rule change.

The public comment period is open through Dec. 11.

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One Response to “State seeks input on proposed environmental rule change”

  1. Sally on December 2nd, 2012 2:29 pm

    In Issaquah it might be prudent to ask ” just would a small development” look like and get straight concise answers in writing. Then I would ask who is pushing this change in Issaquah. I would also point the blights already on the landscape on the hills, the tasteless Target Center, the box like apartments on Sunset and on and on. And don’t forget what Rowleyville is going to do at tge south end of Gilman/Newport and SR 900.

    There is nothing about this desired change that smells good.

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