June hearing dates set on SWC's land-use, environmental appeals
Save Weyerhaeuser Campus has taken the next step in the fight for appropriate development and mitigation on the historic Weyerhaeuser campus.
SWC's legal team filed an appeal of the city of Federal Way's SEPA (environmental) decision for Warehouse A that was issued in October 2018; on February 21, 2019, SWC filed an appeal of the land-use decision for Warehouse A that was issued February 4, 2019. Click to read our appeal.
Under state law, the two appeals are being combined into one. The Federal Way hearing examiner has set the hearing dates: June 20, 21 and 24.
The hearings are slated to begin at 10 a.m. each day in the City Council Chambers at Federal Way City Hall, 33325 8th Ave S., Federal Way, WA 98003.
The hearings are open to the public and Save Weyerhaeuser Campus board members are encouraging everyone interested to attend.
Industrial Realty Group's other two projects on the campus -- Warehouse B (adjacent to Warehouse A), and the three-warehouse Greenline Business Park on the northern part of the campus -- are continuing through the application review process. (In case you're confused, IRG initially renamed the campus Greenline but more recently changed the name to Woodbridge Corporate Park. The permit applications were filed under the Greenline name, so that's why it continues being used.)
The city issued a Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance on Warehouse A, with several migitation measures required during construction, and a provision that Weyerhaeuser Way must be completely rebuilt if more than 28 trucks per week travel north of the project site.
However, the Washington State Department of Transportation and the King County Department of Transportation raised concerns about significant impacts of traffic from all three projects, and requested they be studied comprehensively, not one at a time.
In addition, the Puyallup and Muckleshoot Tribes requested further environmental study of cumulative impacts to the Hylebos stream system, which downstream provides habitat for endangered species including steelhead, chinook and bull trout. Millions of dollars have been spent on habitat restoration downstream from the Warehouse A site.
After reviewing the comments, the city added a requirement (requested by the WSDOT) that IRG expand part of the off-ramp from Highway 18 to Weyerhaeuser Way, but did not require comprehensive study of the cumulative impacts from the three project proposals.
Save Weyerhaeuser Campus also believes that comprehensive review is required because of the significant cumulative impacts of the three projects -- including more than 800 semi-truck trips each day. Although IRG has submitted these projects separately, they share common road system, stream system and zoning.
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