From the Pierce County Business Examiner:
“The Washington State Supreme Court may have just thrown a wrench in the City of Yelm’s plan to handle population growth.
Today, in a 6-3 decision, the court reversed the State Department of Ecology’s decision to issue a water right permit to the City of Yelm to meet community water needs for anticipated growth.”
“The effects of the ruling could be felt statewide, not just in Yelm, however. That’s because the court determined Ecology unlawfully applied “overriding considerations of public interest” (or OCPI) to make its decision, where the public benefits of approval outweigh any impacts on stream flows.”
The Yelm City Administrator position is still not posted almost 40 days after vacancy.
Now more than ever, the city requires the skill-set of an experienced City Administrator, with potential ramifications coming from the Court’s decision, including and not limited to:
* Comprehensive Plan changes,
* Coordinating with commercial developers (i.e. the proposed Grocery Outlet),
* Housing Development Plats, etc.