The public will be given an additional comment period concerning the Notice of Application for the Holiday Hills proposed development and subdivision. If you are unaware of where Holiday Hills is located, it is the property that stretches between Slidewaters eastward towards Chelan High School/Middle School on the lower portion of the Butte.
Most of the property was old orchard when lead arsenic was used for pest control. There has already been one site confirmed and listed with the Department of Ecology to be above clean up levels for lead arsenic contamination located on the 84+ acres. In Washington state, The Model Toxics Control Act requires the reporting, study and cleanup of sites where hazardous substances are above state set cleanup levels.
The City of Chelan, as the lead SEPA agency, should require further testing for lead arsenic contamination on all of the Holiday Hills proposed development to determine the levels of contamination. With this information they couldthen choose which method is best to require how to mitigate the lead arsenic levels in the soil. This is important due to the amount of grading, excavation, and construction proposed for the Holiday Hills development.
It is imperative to know which mitigating procedures must be used depending on the levels of lead arsenic found on the site. Wind and water runoff can carry the contaminates once they are mobilized due to grading and excavation.
Our citizens and the quality of our Lake Chelan waters should be protected, and requiring testing of the soils is a good start! There are many other potential impacts this proposed development will have on the community of Chelan, the infrastructures, businesses, etc.
The Planning Department of Chelan has information, including descriptions, maps, and previous letters and comments from an earlier comment period that is available to the public. Please use this comment period to voice your concerns, comments, etc. It is important that our planning department and elected officials hear and know how the citizens of Chelan want to see our community grow.
We all can make a difference.
Please submit your letters and comments by 5 p.m. on Wednesday the 21st of March to the City of Chelan, Department of Planning & Community Development, P.O.Box 1669 Chelan, Wa. 98816
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