Learn about corridor plan involving Tiger Mountain at Dec. 10 public meeting

December 7, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 7, 2014

The Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation environmental policy plan will be presented at a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie.

Public input and comments are being sought by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

The corridor includes Tiger Mountain, Rattlesnake Mountain, Raging River State Forest, the state trust lands surrounding the community of Preston, and Mount Si and Middle Fork Snoqualmie natural resources conservation areas.

The area receives more than 800,000 visits from outdoor enthusiasts each year.

The plan includes the State Environmental Policy Act review.

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State loosens restrictions for small developments

January 8, 2013

The state Department of Ecology recently changed development rules to give local governments, including Issaquah and King County, more flexibility for small construction projects.

The rule change to the State Environmental Policy Act allows 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.

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County seeks comments on plan to preserve open space

April 17, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. April 17, 2010

King County leaders want input on the future of open space.

The county continues to work on updates to the Open Space Plan, the document behind county acquisition, development, funding, management and stewardship of undeveloped land across King County. The document helps the county to be eligible for federal and state grants, like those from the state Recreation and Conservation Office.

Under rules established in the State Environmental Policy Act, the plan must be reviewed. The state OK’d the draft April 8. The county will accept comments on the environmental review until 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

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Plan to resurface city streets hinges on grant money

February 20, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 20, 2010

City planners took the first step earlier this month toward repairs for sections of Front Street North and Northwest Sammamish Road.

City Public Works Operations crews plan to grind two to three inches of pavement from the streets and replace the surface with new asphalt. Money for the project hinges on a grant. If the city receives funding, construction could begin by summer.

Crews plan to resurface Front Street North from Sunset Way to Gilman Boulevard and Northwest Sammamish Road from the Lake Sammamish State Park to the western city limits. The project would not increase capacity for the streets.

Planners approved a shoreline exemption permit for the project Feb. 5. The project requires the permit because work will take place near the East Fork of Issaquah Creek, Lake Sammamish and other wetlands. Because the project repairs and maintains existing roadways, the work is exempt from State Environmental Policy Act review.