LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Is replat smart or environmentally friendly?

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You have to see it to believe it!

Plans are underway to approve the replat of 80-plus acres of property (tucked away behind Assumption School) from 61 lots to 199.

Many of these lots border Yellow Hawk Creek, a fish-bearing creek protected under the Critical Areas Ordinance. This remains possibly the last undeveloped, open space area around Yellow Hawk Creek within the city of Walla Walla.

While the owner has every right to develop this property under the urban growth plan, there is no evidence that the proposed replat is a smart or environmentally friendly design. Concern has been raised regarding the impact increased density will have on the established family neighborhood surrounding the area, increased traffic, and potential harm to a sensitive ecosystem due to run off from roofs, asphalt and lawn chemicals into the creek.

You have to see this plan to realize it's out of sync with the area and a significant change from the original plan for the development. I urge Walla Walla citizens who care about our quality of life and the environment to weigh in with written comments to the Development Services Department regarding Plan No.PPL-10-1001. Comments are being accepted until Friday.

Denise Slattery
Walla Walla

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