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PEAK meeting postponed

Reporter Staff

The scheduled hearing for two appeals and a conditional use permit for the proposed Boys and Girls Club's PEAK project has been postponed. The Planning Commission was scheduled to hear the appeal on Wednesday, Feb. 20, but the hearing will now likely take place next month.

According to the city communications coordinator, Joy Johnston, the neighborhood group opposing the project asked for more time to prepare their appeal.

The Planning Commission regularly meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. The next possible date would be March 5. Three separate hearings regarding PEAK are scheduled, and will follow the following format:

Conditional use permit

First, the Planning Commission will conduct an open record public hearing concerning the application for a conditional use permit, which would allow construction of the PEAK proposal, a 45,000-square-foot facility with a field house and outdoor children’s play area. The proposal also includes a licensed daycare and will have some exclusive parking spots and share others with the school district. The hearing is open to testimony from any interested person; however, the Planning Commission may establish time limits for individual testimony to ensure all persons have an opportunity to speak.

Appeals

Second, a closed-record hearing for an appeal of the city’s SEPA Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance for PEAK. The appeal was filed by Island resident Amanda Clark as the chair of Islanders for Common Sense, the neighborhood group opposing the project. The hearing is open to the public, but only the appellant, the applicant and their legal representatives may present argument. No testimony or new evidence is permitted. Again, the Commission may establish time limits for the appellant’s and the applicant’s arguments.

Third, another appeal hearing concerning the city code official’s interpretation regarding calculation of impervious surfaces and requirements for simultaneous re-subdivision related to the PEAK proposal will be heard. This appeal was also filed by Clark on behalf of Islanders for Common Sense. This appeal hearing follows the same structure and guidelines as the other.

For more information, go to www.mercergov.org.

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