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Buckley council continues work on zoning, stormwater master plans

shape future of city

By John Leggett-The Courier-Herald

Buckley City Council members

spent three hours in a special session

July 29 and had another meeting

scheduled for earlier this week in an

attempt to iron out some of the wrinkles

remaining in their zoning and

stormwater comprehensive plans.

The lion’s share of the July 29 gathering

was spent on details surrounding

the new comprehensive zoning

plan.

“We have to keep in mind what our

philosophy is - building affordable

housing and keeping open space as

well,” said Christy Boyle-Barrett, who

chairs the council’s public safety committee.

“We also have to project what things

are going to be like in Buckley 10 to 15

years from now,” she said. “We have to

think long term and maybe even have

a mixture of home and lot sizes.”

As discussion continued, Mayor Pat

Johnson reminded the council that the

special session was already two hours

old and they had yet to introduce the

other pressing topic on the evening’s

agenda, that of delving into the stormwater

comprehensive plan.

Once the council directed its attention

to that longstanding and controversial

issue, it was determined

that it would break new ground and

ask local resident Marvin Sundstrom

for his input. Sundstrom’s assignment

is to pen a rough draft concerning

the current condition of the Buckley

stormwater system and put forth a

few suggestions for improving the

situation.

Sundstrom, who was in the audience,

said he would do what the council

requested and “come up with a factdriven

and anecdotal” rough draft.

After Buckley’s City Administrator

David Schmidt and Sundstrom discussed

some of the challenges that

lay ahead -not the least of which is

the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s

mandate to save salmon - it was

agreed that because of the late hour,

the discussion would be continued

this week. The follow-up meeting took

place Tuesday, following press deadlines.

John Leggett can be reached at

jleggett@courierherald.com.

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