In April 2017, King County announced at our Fall City Town Hall meeting that the Quarry properties were a ‘high target acquisition'. As we write up the 2018 wrap up, there is still no purchase in sight.
While the quarry has an active permit, it was put under a Periodic Review process in 2016. The purpose of this review is to hopefully bring many of the permit conditions up to current standards, within legal limits. This process is still continuing. The Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (DPER) continues to require more information and clarification from the ownership regarding quarry processes. The quarry continues to ask for extensions in providing the information. DPER has been granting extensions.
We continue to meet with DPER and KC officials to ask for the finalization to this Periodic Review process. Our concerns are:
Without knowing how much rock is left to mine, without a completed Periodic Review and with an open application to request a permit to expand, it is very difficult to develop an accurate assessment as to the worth of the property. This makes it very difficult to seek funds from King County or private donors to actually purchase the property.
What you can do regarding the quarry properties:
If you would like to turn this property into public land, now is the time to let our King County officials know your opinion!
Please send your comments to the following people:
Next: Its not all about the quarry
Lake Alice Trailhead for the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail now has a new poster outlining the history of the train depot at that spot as well as the rail line that is now the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail. Our group worked with the Fall City Historical Society and with King County Parks in the development and installation of the sign.
Walk the Trail and you will notice new road crossing signs and orange flags to aid in crossing Preston-Fall City Road as you continue your way up towards Preston, past the Quarry proposed expansion area. Our group worked with King County roads to improve signage and will continue to push for a safer crossing.
Thank you very much for your continued support!
More information is available here on our website: or you may contact us directly at:
Raging River Conservation Group
Please note the ANSWER from DPER regarding property issues:
24._The quarry operator shall be responsible for any damage to nearby properties, including domestic water supply wells, attributable to blasting on the subject property. Claims for any such damage shall be the responsibility of the affected property owner and the quarry operator to handle directly between themselves, but a failure of the quarry operator to respond in good faith to any such claim may be cause for denial of future grading permits, or prohibition or restriction upon future blasting.