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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Application: On April 1, 2019, the City of Selah Community Development Department received a State Environmental Policy Act Checklist for the environmental review of the grading and filling of approximately 2,000 cubic yards of earth associated with City of Selah Grading Permit Number: GR/EX-2019-001 for preparatory work for the future Long Plat of Hillside Estates being developed by Selland Construction.

Proponent: Selland Construction, P.O. Box 119, Wenatchee, WA 98807

Location of Proposal: Between W. Goodlander Rd. and Speyers Rd. on West Side of Lander Rd.

Tax Parcels: 18143522001 & 18142633500

Complete Application: April 4, 2019

File Number: SEPA-2019-001

Approvals, Actions and Required Studies: SEPA Threshold Determination

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 April 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.

A copy of the applicants grading plan and State Environmental Policy Act Checklist. is on file and available for public inspection during regular business hours at the City of Selah Public Works Department, 222 S. Rushmore Rd, Selah, WA, and online at the following web address:

Dated this 5th day of April.

Jeff Peters, City Planner, Community Development Supervisor

SEPA-2019-001 Selland