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MPD History, Part 2

Applications Begin with Environment Impact Statements In the Fall of 2009, Yarrow Bay, a major land developer in Western WA, proposed two major Master Planned Developments (MPD’s) comprising over 6,000 homes and over 1.1 million sq ft of commercial/business space in the … Continue reading

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MPD History, Part 1

The following timeline gives some key events that occurred leading up to the developer’s application to build more than 6,000 residences and 1.1 million square feet of commercial space. 1850 to 1870 – Ten percent of the land in the lower … Continue reading

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Fair and Open Government

Elected Officials Not Responsive     Elected officials have been forbidden to have conversation with the public about the developments.  They are allowed to hear and see official citizen testimony only during short windows of public comment. These infrequent public comment periods … Continue reading

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Schools

School levies will be needed to cover almost the entire cost of seven schools. The fees so far set for the developer per home are equivalent to a miniscule $3,000 per home.  The cost per student for a school is … Continue reading

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Transportation

Traffic and Other Costs of Growth Traffic and Other Costs of Growth Black Diamond is a long way from Seattle, Bellevue, and Tacoma.  These will remain the major centers for higher income jobs.  Traffic will flow in and out on … Continue reading

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Trees and wildlife

On day one, 750 acres of forest will be clear-cut. Wildlife will be driven out. Proposed wildlife corridors would not even connect wetlands in the Master Planned Development. Water and air quality will be forever adversely affected. Residents will have the long-term … Continue reading

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Watershed

A multi-acre Detention “Lake” is sited outside the Master Planned Development, in the adjacent Rural Area, enabling additional Urban development. Yarrow Bay has gone so far as to describe the MPD as not containing detention ponds, while failing to mention … Continue reading

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Noise

NOISE Construction noise of over 90 decibels (dB) will disturb neighboring residents for months, if not years. During the 2010 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) appeal hearings, Jerry Lilly, a Noise Engineering Consultant with 27 years of experience, testified that Yarrow Bay’s … Continue reading

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GFC

Government Facilities Charge (GFC) Impact Fee With a huge increase in residents, one of the things the city of Black Diamond would need to expand are government facilities.  This includes a new or expanded city hall building, police department expansions, … Continue reading

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Villages Map

Villages west and south of existing Black Diamond.

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