SEPA – State Environmental Policy Act

The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) process identifies and analyzes environmental impacts associated with governmental decisions. These decisions may be related to issuing permits for private projects, constructing public facilities, or adopting regulations, policies, and plans.

The SEPA review process helps agency decision-makers, applicants, and the public understand how the entire proposal will affect the environment. SEPA can be used to modify or deny a proposal to avoid, reduce, or compensate for probable impacts. We oversee the rules and guidance for the state and we provide technical assistance to agencies, applicants, and citizens as they participate in the SEPA review process. We also serve as the SEPA lead or co-lead agency for some proposals.

 

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CITY OF SELAH NOTICE OF DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION & ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE COMMENT:

Application: On September 13, 2019, the City of Selah Planning Department received a Class 3 Review, Nonconforming Use, Administrative Adjustment, and State Environmental Checklist applications from NAC Architecture and HLA Engineering and Land Surveying Inc. on behalf of the Selah School District #119 to construct a new primary school, increase the maximum lot coverage of the site from 35% to 45%, and provide environmental review of the proposal in its entirety. The proposed construction constitutes 82,824 sq. ft. of building space to accommodate 736 students within 36 class rooms, 2 collaborative pods, a resource classroom, self-contained special education classroom, music room/platform, maker space, gym, library, multi-purpose/commons space, administrative offices, support space, and play areas. Additionally, the 148 stall existing parking lot will be removed and replaced with a 130-stall parking lot and off-street bus and parent drop-off areas.:

Project Address: 408 N. 1st St., Selah, WA 98942:Tax Parcel Number: 181435-14037, 181435-14025, 181435-14038, and 181435-41507: Zoning District of Subject Property: One-Family Residential (R-1): File Numbers: SEPA-2019-009, ADJ-2019-006, CL3-2019-002, & NCF-2019-001: The application was determined complete for processing on September 17, 2019. The decision on this application will be made within one-hundred twenty days of the determination of complete application.:

Approvals, Actions and Required Studies: Class 3 Use Review, Nonconforming Use, & Administrative Adjustment.:

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 expects to issue a Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance (MDNS). The optional DNS process in WAC 197-11-355 is being used. This may be your only opportunity to comment on the environmental impacts of the proposal. Mitigation measures being considered include requirement of a dust control plan, shielded lighting, and installation of sidewalk and public street improvements. The proposal may include mitigation measures regardless of whether an EIS is prepared. After all comments have been received and considered, a threshold determination will be made without an additional comment period. Comments received by 5:00 PM October 3, 2019, will be considered in making the determination. A copy will be sent to those who comment or may be obtained upon request. The determination will have specific appeal information and may be appealed within five business days of issuance.

Request for Written Comments on the Proposal Written comments concerning the proposed Class 3/Nonconforming Use applications and Environmental Checklist will be accepted during the public comment period that ends at 5:00 p.m, on October 3, 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 jeff.peters@selahwa.gov. Reference File Numbers: SEPA-2019-009, ADJ-2019-006, CL3-2019-002, & NCF-2019-001 or “Selah School District #119” in your correspondence.:

Open Record Public Hearing The requested applications require both an open record public hearing and recommendation by the City of Selah Planning Commission, as well as a closed record public hearing by the City of Selah city council. Following completion of the of the above identified public comment period and environmental review decision, the City of Selah will issue separate notices for above identified public hearing in accordance with SMC Title 21.: Application information and additional environmental information including the SEPA environmental checklist, required studies and maps detailing the proposal are available during regular business hours at the Planning Department at 222 South Rushmore Road, Selah, Washington 98942 or online at https://selahwa.gov/planning/sepa/, and https://selahwa.gov/planning/public-notices/. Contact the Planning Department with project, procedural or environmental questions: Dated this 19h day of September 2019:/s/ Jeff Peters, Community Development Supervisor

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CITY OF SELAH NOTICE OF DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION & ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE COMMENTS: NOTICE OF PLANNING COMMISSION OPEN RECORD PUBLIC HEARING:

Application: On August 8, 2019, the City of Selah Planning Department received a Class 3 Use and Environmental Checklist Review applications from LendLease Tower III, LLC on behalf of Michael King (property owner) to construct a 100 ft. monopole cell tower and associated equipment shelter.   The project site is located at 229 East Naches Ave. Selah, WA 98942 (Yakima County Parcel Number: 181436-32057).: The applications were determined complete for processing on August 30, 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.: 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 expects to issue a Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS). The optional DNS process in WAC 197-11-355 is being used. This may be your only opportunity to comment on the environmental impacts of the proposal. The proposal may include mitigation measures regardless of whether an EIS is prepared. After all comments have been received and considered, a threshold determination will be made without an additional comment period. Comments received by 5:00 PM September 18, 2019, will be considered in making the determination. A copy will be sent to those who comment or may be obtained upon request. The determination will have specific appeal information and may be appealed within five business days of issuance:

Request for Written Comments on the Proposal Written comments concerning the proposed Class 3 Use application and Environmental Checklist will be accepted during the public comment period that ends at 5:00 p.m., on September 18, 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 jeff.peters@selahwa.gov. Reference File Number CL3#2019-001 & SEPA#2019-008 or “LendLease III” in your correspondence:

Open Record Public Hearing Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, October 15, 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 Class 3 Use. 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 Class 3 Use application.: Application information including the SEPA Environmental Checklist and maps detailing the proposal are available during regular business hours at the Planning Department at 222 South Rushmore Road, Selah, Washington 98942. The staff report will be available approximately one week before the hearing. Contact the Planning Department with project, procedural or environmental questions:

Dated this 4th day of September 2019:

/s/ Jeff Peters, Community Development Supervisor