Sequim subdivision battle back before hearing examiner

Peninsula News Network

Clallam County, WA - 8/12/03 - Opponents of a controversial housing development north of Sequim were back at the Clallam County courthouse Monday, hoping to convince Hearing Examiner James Driscoll that the project would pollute area water supplies and create major traffic problems.

The McGrath rezone has been in the works for several months. The first time around, the hearing examiner ordered the developers to make address issues such as traffic, on-site septic systems and potential ground water pollution from the project. The 38 acres, which is presently in pasture, is outside Sequimís Urban Growth Area, but would allow urban-level densities.

The developer says new traffic studies show construction of a new road to the west would actually ease traffic problems, not only for this development, but adjacent Sunland, a comment that didnít set well with the audience.

Opponents, including an attorney for the adjacent Graysmarsh Farm, said the applicants hadnít adequately addressed the problems raised earlier this year.

Itís expected to be a few weeks before the hearing examiner issues a final ruling.


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