The City of Moses Lake was recently made aware of a post to a Change.org website that made some incorrect claims about the Love’s development project. The City wishes to correct misstatements in an effort to assure the public that the City is working diligently not only to hold Love’s to the requirements of their permitting process but also to work with them on enhancements to the project that are over and above what has been required.
There is not a “Bait and Switch” situation with the Love’s permit. The Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance (MDNS) required solutions to a number of environmental concerns and Love’s has to comply with the solutions they offered in order to obtain permits and they will be monitored not only by the City but by the Army Corps of Engineers and Washington State Department of Ecology.
Here are the facts:
The City appreciates the engagement of our citizens in our planning processes, and asks for that continued involvement as the City works toward improving our processes. Two upcoming opportunities include the review of a new code section by the Planning Commission that would require neighborhood meetings before projects like this that are adjacent to residential neighborhoods move forward. The Planning Commission has a hearing regarding this code starting at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 15th. The second process is with regard to the adoption of the City’s new Comprehensive Plan. The new plan will be followed by an updated zoning code, shoreline master program and critical areas ordinance. For those concerned about making sure the City’s plans and codes address concerns like those above, engaging now with input will set the stage for how code will be written in the future.
For more information about this topic, please contact City Manager Allison Williams at 509-764-3702 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Public Information Officer Lynne Lynch, 509-764-3706, email@example.com.