Chehalis moves forward on request to expand Urban Growth Area
The Urban Growth Area for the City of Chehalis could be expanding by almost 700 acres. Chehalis Planning director Hilary Hoke says in March of this year Raindrop Properties submitted an application with the city to transfer the property from the Centralia to the Chehalis Urban Growth Area. The property is located between Kresky avenue and Centralia Alpha Road basically behind the Chehalis Public Works Department. It has 10 parcels with a total of 677 acres.
Hoke told the City Council this week that the city forwarded the application to the Lewis County Planned Growth Committee for an initial review. That review resulted in a request for additional information and analysis. She says if the City Council ultimately approves the transfer, it would give Chehalis much needed land for housing to accommodate a projected growth in the city’s population. Hoke says some of the property has steep slopes but it contains enough buildable area to make up for a projected 230 acre deficit in buildable residential land in the city.
Hole says one of the reasons Raindrop Properties requested that the land be transferred to the Chehalis Urban Growth Area is that it would be easier for the city of Chehalis to provide necessary services such as water and sewer.
The Chehalis City Council directed city staff to continue with the transfer process.
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