October 10, 2016

On October 10, 2016 the Board of Commissioners signed ordinance TLS 16-07-36B adopting the Loop Trail Overlay, which extends from the ordinary high water mark of the Columbia River to 75 feet east of the centerline of the Apple Capital Loop Trail on the Douglas County side of the Columbia River and from 13th Street NE to approximately 4400 NW Cascade Ave at the northern extent of the East Wenatchee Urban Growth Boundary.

The Loop Trail Overlay establishes the following:

  • Trail access connection segments of the trail located at 19th, 22nd, 27th, 32nd and 37th have a 37 ½ foot Loop Trail Overlay that extends north and south of the centerline of the trail.
  • Above ground structures are prohibited with the exception of structures that support the park use.
  • Fences must be chain link or open wire fencing and fences abutting the trail shall be a maximum of 48 inches high within the first 10 feet of the lot line, then could be a maximum of 6 feet.
  • Commercial, multifamily, mixed use development and new land divisions must provide joint use access to the trail.
  • Landscape plantings are required 15 feet adjacent to the property line abutting the Trail.
  • Paths from private properties must be maintained to not pose a hazard to trail users.

If you have questions about the proposed amendments please contact Tara Zeigler, Associate Planner at 509-884-7173 or in the office at 140 19th Street NW, Suite A, East Wenatchee, WA 98802.


September 20, 2016

On September 20, 2016, the Board of Commissioners signed Resolution TLS 16-36A setting a joint workshop and hearing with the East Wenatchee City Council for Monday October 10, 2016.  The workshop will be at 4:30 PM followed by the public hearing at 6 PM.  The workshop and hearing will take place at City Hall located at 271 9th Street NE in East Wenatchee.  Interested persons will have a chance to enter oral testimony at the hearing and should plan on being allotted up to 3 minutes for presentation.  The Board also encourages written comments.  These can be sent to:

Loop Trail Overlay
Douglas Co. Board of Commissioners
P.O. Box 747
Waterville, WA  98858-0747
FAX: (509) 745-9045

Please contact the Department of Transportation & Land Services if you have any questions about the hearing and the proposed rules.  The department’s offices are at 140 19th Street NW, East Wenatchee.  


August 25, 2016

The Planning Commissions of the City of East Wenatchee and Douglas County will be meeting together for a public hearing on the proposed loop trail overlay district on Tuesday September 6, 2016 at 5:30 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall located at 271 9th ST NE. The draft district regulations are attached to the staff report.

Apple Capital Loop Trail

The Apple Capital Loop Trail is a significant community asset for enjoying the natural environment and for recreation. The Board of County Commissioners recognize the need to protect these natural amenities and recreational opportunities provided by the Loop Trail. The State of Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) owns a significant amount of land directly adjacent to the Loop Trail that is no longer needed for a road and in the process of preparing to sell this surplus land.  In anticipation of the sale of WSDOT property, the Board of County Commissioners adopted an interim official control to protect and preserve the character of the trail.  

The interim official controls establish a Loop Trail Overlay District that regulates all development between the ordinary high water mark of the Columbia River and 75 feet east of the centerline of the trail (Figure 1). The Loop Trail Overlay includes standards for fencing, trail access, landscaping, and setbacks from the trail. The Loop Trail Overlay extends from the northern boundary of the East Wenatchee Urban Growth Area, just beyond the Odabashian Bridge, and extends southward to 9th street NE in East Wenatchee (See Map). 

Figure 1

Figure 1

Douglas County and the City of East Wenatchee have started a 60-day comment for continued public review and comment on the Loop Trail Overlay amendments.  The 60-day comment period begins on May 19, 2016 and ends on July 18, 2016. 

 

You are invited to participate in the following ways:

  1. You can send written comments addressed to Loop Trail Amendments at 140 19th St. NW, Suite A East Wenatchee, WA 98802.
  2. You may attend a joint workshop with the Douglas County and East Wenatchee Planning Commissions on June 8, 2016 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Douglas County Public Services Building hearing room located at 140 19th Street NW, East Wenatchee, WA. This is an informational meeting for the Planning Commissions to review the interim controls.
  3. You may attend an informational open house on June 13, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Douglas County Public Services Building hearing room located at 140 19th Street NW, East Wenatchee, WA. This is your opportunity to review the interim controls and provide feedback regarding the amendments.
  4. A public hearing before the Douglas County and East Wenatchee Planning Commissions is scheduled for September 6, 2016.  You may attend and provide testimony to the joint planning commissions.

Environmental Review: On May 19, 2016 Douglas County issued a SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) and a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS).

Still have questions? If you have questions about the proposed amendments please contact  Tara Zeigler, Associate Planner at : 509-884-7173 or in the office at 140 19th Street NW, Suite A, East Wenatchee, WA 98802.