By Marcy Stamper
The Okanogan County planning commissioners rejected an application for a three-unit planned development on eight-and-a-half acres in Mazama at their hearing on Nov. 25.
Property owner Ken Madden had hoped to be able to build at greater density than normally allowed in the zone through the provisions of the county’s rules for planned developments. But the planning commission determined that the design for the Trailside Planned Development on Goat Creek Road did not satisfy the requirements to cluster buildings and provide open spaces that form the basis for a density bonus.
Zoning in the area requires at least 10 acres for a planned development, noted Planning Commissioner Dave Schulz, who moved to deny approval of the proposal. Schulz and other planning commissioners were also troubled that Madden had not consulted with the Mazama Advisory Committee, as required by agreements with the county, and by the adverse effect the project design would have on neighboring properties.
The week before, the county commissioners dismissed an appeal by neighbors of the property under the State Environmental Policy Act, saying they had not raised issues covered by the act. Several of the neighbors testified against the Trailside development at the subsequent hearing on the merits of the project itself.