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– “Smith Farm Cell Tower Denied by County”
“Thurston County Hearing Examiner remanded the determination of nonsignificance of environmental impact for the proposed Verizon Wireless Smith Farm cell tower on Vail Road last Wednesday [May 18].”
The Deschutes Neighborhood Group, formed by people who live in the area of the proposed tower, appealed the decision by the county to grant the determination of nonsignificance after it was approved, stating the tower would have no major environmental impact,” by Graham Perednia, Nisqually Valley News.
Click here for the ruling.
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– “Growth Management Hearings Board Rules Against Thurston County’s Mazama Pocket Gopher Review Process”
“Last Friday afternoon [May 13], the Western Washington Region of the Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) issued its Final Decision and Order stating that Thurston County’s 2015 Interim Process for reviewing permits in Mazama Pocket Gopher soils violated the state’s Growth Management Act (GMA).
The ruling was in response to attorneys for Olympia Master Builders, The Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, and Hinkle Homes filing a petition to the GMHB requesting that the Board review last year’s decision by the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners to modify Thurston County’s Critical Area Ordinance (CAO) without motion, resolution, or public participation, which is in direct violation of Washington State’s GMA.”
“The GMHB’s final order sets a specific schedule for Thurston County to bring its land use practices into compliance with the GMA,” quoting the Thurston County Chamber.