Application: On October 11, 2018, the City of Selah Planning Department received a Class 3 Review, Administrative Adjustment, and State Environmental Checklist application from NAC Architecture and HLA Engineering and Land Surveying Inc. on behalf of the Selah School District #119 to construct a new elementary school, increase the maximum lot coverage of the site from 35% to 38%, and provide environmental review of the proposal in its entirety.  The proposed construction constitutes 48,164 sq. ft. of building space with 20 class rooms, a fitness room/cafeteria, music room/platform, library, administrative offices, support space play areas, 76 additional off-street parking stalls, and off-street bus and parent drop-off areas located on the subject property of the existing Selah Academy, Early Learning Center and the Selah School District Administration offices.

Renotice of Application:  As a result of comments received during the environmental review process that a portion of the school district property lies within a Critical Aqua Recharge Area (CARA) for one of the City’s wells, the applicant submitted the required Critical Area Critical Aqua Recharge Area (CARA) application on January 4, 2019, as required by SMC 11.50.110.  Submittal of these new application materials therefore requires additional opportunity for the public to comment on the content of the application in accordance with SMC 11.50. & 21.07.

Project Address:  316 W. Naches Ave., Selah, WA  98942

Tax Parcel Number: 181435-44456

Zoning District of Subject Property: One-Family Residential (R-1)

File Numbers: SEPA#2018-001, ADJ#-18-006, CL3#2018-001, & CAO-2019-001

The revised applications were determined complete for processing on January 9, 2019. The decision on these applications will be made within one-hundred twenty days of the determination of complete application.

Approvals, Actions and Required Studies: Class 3 Use Review, Administrative Adjustment, & Critical Area Applications.

Environmental Review: The City of Selah is the lead agency for this proposal under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The City has reviewed the proposal for probable adverse environmental impacts and issued a Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance (MDNS) on the proposal on January 15, 2019. The appeal period for this environmental decision lapsed on January 21, 2019, with no appeals filed.

Request for Written Comments on the Revised Proposal/Applications: Written comments concerning the revised Class 3 Review, Administrative Adjustment, and Critical Area applications will be accepted during the public comment period that ends at 5:00 p.m., on February 11, 2019. You may mail your comments to Selah Planning Department, 222 So. Rushmore Road, Selah, WA 98942, send them by fax to (509) 698-7372 or by e-mail to  Reference File Number CL3-2018-001 or “Selah School District #119” in your correspondence.

Open Record Public Hearing Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, commencing at 5:30 P.M., or as soon thereafter as practical, the City of Selah Planning Commission will conduct an open record public hearing in the Council Chambers, Selah City Hall, 115 W. Naches Ave. Selah, WA on the above identified land use applications. All interested persons may appear and provide testimony on the application. SMC 21.09.030 and SMC 10.06.040 are pertinent to the hearing procedure. At the conclusion of the public hearing, the Planning Commission will consider the matter and issue a recommendation to the City Council for approval, approval with conditions, or denial of the above identified applications.

Application information including maps detailing the proposal are available during regular business hours at the Planning Department at 222 South Rushmore Road, Selah, Washington 98942. Contact the Planning Department with project, procedural or environmental questions.

Dated this 22nd day of January 2019.

Jeff Peters, Community Development Supervisor