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County Shelves `Accessory Dwelling Ordinance' Plan

Proposal would have environmental impacts

The Klickitat County Board of Commissioners has decided to table the proposed "Accessory Dwelling Unit" ordinance the county has been considering.

The ordinance would have proposed legislative amendments to zoning regulations to provide for accessory dwelling units on private property.

At a Dec. 12 hearing on the proposed ordinance, the commissioners heard "a significant amount of testimony indicating concern that the proposal will result in significant impacts to ground water quality/quantity, difficulty of providing basic services such as fire protection, and will result in incompatibility with existing uses in many areas of the county."

The commissioners subsequently concluded that the accessory dwelling units proposal "would have probable significant environmental impacts, and that further consideration of adoption of the current proposal is not in the interest of the public."

On Feb. 13, the County Commissioners voted 2-0 to shelve the proposal until further notice.

"The Board of County Commissioners hereby remands the SEPA determination to the SEPA Responsible Official and indefinitely tables consideration of the proposal for adoption until the proposal is rewritten and reviewed by the Planning Commission in public hearings," read an excerpt of the text of the resolution the commissioners approved.

Commissioners Ray Thayer and Don Struck voted to table the proposed ordinance, while David Sauter abstained.

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