April 24, 2006
Thurston Highlands Application
This writer has noticed certain city institutions seem to be of the mindset that Thurston Highlands' 5,000 home application is a "slam dunk" for approval. Or at the very least, their actions speak louder than their words.
This writer has observed the following in the last week:
A. The city of Yelm formally sent out a Public Notice for a Thurston Highlands open house with city officials on April 21, just 4 days prior to the April 25 session. Not much advance notice for people to hear about and plan to be there.
B. The Thurston Highlands public session is scheduled for 5pm, prior to the time most can be there as they work in Olympia, Lacey, or Tacoma until 5pm, must drive to Yelm, have dinner and then get there.
C. The city of Yelm has placed the Thurston Highlands link on the right side its own webpage with the Thurston Highlands logo. This is in addition to a hotlink to the Thurston Highlands story on their homepage. Two links all for a private developer; my, how generous and unbiased of the city!
D. The Nisqually Valley News has also placed Thurston Highlands as the ONLY non-NVN business link under Local Business on their homepage, yelmonline.com. This is a direct link to the Thurston Highlands homepage, NOT to the city of Yelm's application and information on this developer. WHY use the developer's own marketing link instead of the city's? How nice of the NVN to market and promote this developer! If the NVN wanted to give their readers information as a "public service", they should link to the city's application information on the city site.
E. The April 21st Nisqually Valley News Talk Back question asked the public, "With nothing off the table for Thurston Highlands in Yelm, what would you like to see included in this new 5,000-home development?" This question certainly has the tone and context that the NVN sees this being approved. If not, they would have asked,
something like "What do you think of tripling the growth in Yelm traffic, water consumption, sewage and paving over of green spaces with the Thurston Highlands application for 5,000 homes."
Bottom line, we need to press city of Yelm officials, Thurston County Regional Planning and Growth Management with the issue of inadequate Comprehensive Planning for the development being entertained. Your voice can be heard at this Open House on Tuesday, April 25th beginning at 5pm at the Yelm Middle School.