2014 PEDAL FOR THE VALLEY
SVPA Helps Stop Tall Chief Development
The Tall Chief project sought to develop eighteen luxury homes on the site of the old Tall Chief golf course. With the assistance from hydrological engineering consultant Dr. Ed McCarthy, and attorney Charlie Klinge, the Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance appealed the project based on the concern that it would make flooding worse and harm the Valley’s rural character. The Alliance was the lone dissenting voice during the public comment session two years ago. Had the Alliance not intervened at that time, the suburban residential project would have been approved.
Fortunately, the appeal process captured the attention of King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert and County Executive Dow Constantine, who share the Alliance’s goal of preserving our precious remaining farmland. Ultimately, the County purchased the property, and transferred the development rights from Tall Chief to Seattle’s South Lake Union area. This exciting announcement was made on KING 5 News this week.
Since forming in 2010, the Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance has matured from a group of concerned, hand-wringing neighbors with the audacity to sue the United States of America over their work on the Snoqualmie Falls, to an established force for forging productive relationships between community members, landowners, and county and state officials. We have advocated for effective solutions to shared challenges, and made headway on some key issues central to protecting the Valley, including preventing the Tall Chief property from becoming a suburban luxury home development, securing an agreement by the County to conduct a long-overdue flood impact study, and even potential new solutions to drainage problems.
Perhaps even more importantly, in fighting the good fight, we have found our voice. The stakeholders and friends of the Snoqualmie Valley have found that together, we can make our voice heard in a way that will not only serve to protect what we have, but will ultimately make this Valley even more of a regional treasure for all of us to enjoy, prosper and celebrate.
Events & Announcements
- 3/17/2012 - March 2012 Letter to Supporters
- 2/28/2012 - SVPA Litigation Update
- 6/5/2011 - The Hoedown in the Valley Mystery Auction was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who showed up to support our mission.
- 3/30/2011 - Judge refuses to stop the PSE Snoqualmie Falls project - SVPA statement - decision document.
- 1/17/2011 - SVPA covered by KING5 during the January 2011 flooding.
- 11/10/2010 - Press release: Citizen Group Reveals Corps of Engineers Ignored Flood Impact more...
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