The Cle Elum City Council approved several actions at Tuesday’s meeting, including the annexation of 330 acres into the city, paving the way for the proposed City Heights development in what is now north Cle Elum.
The Council voted unanimously to rezone 28 acres of land for City Heights within city limits and adjacent to the 330 acres of land annexed into the city during the meeting. Both the annexed land and the rezoned land are designated for mixed use.
The decisions followed weekly public hearings that started in mid-September to examine the City Heights development agreement. City Heights developer Sapphire Skies plans to use the land annexed into the city as part of the City Heights project, which could potentially double the size of Cle Elum over 25 years. Approval of the annexation was legally contingent upon approval of the City Heights development agreement.
Council member Warren Perry cast the lone dissenting vote against the annexation. Due to a conflict of interest, Perry was recused from all other votes Tuesday pertaining to City Heights, and the other actions were approved unanimously.
During the annexation hearing, Perry worried about the City Heights project’s potential to cause drainage issues along Third Street, landslide dangers and the possibility that development in the north part of town could harm businesses in Cle Elum’s downtown area.
“That’s far enough up there that it takes away from downtown,” Perry said.
SOURCE: Daily Record, By JUSTIN PITTMAN staff writer, Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 1:00 pm | Updated: 10:27 am, Fri Nov 11, 2011.