Grassroots effort made this happen

The last couple of days The Herald has printed both a news article and an editorial regarding the protection of the 2,000 acres of forestlan

d on the west bank of Lake Roesiger, which a few years ago had been slated by Snohomish County for a new mini-city, also called a fully contained community. I want to thank whole-heartedly County Council member Dave Somers for leading the charge to erase all FCCs from the county’s policies and to work toward focusing our growth into our cities and urban centers, which ultimately will save taxpayers money and help protect our air and water quality.

I also want to thank Cascade Land Conservancy for its work for protection of this forestland and for a new passive park for everyone to enjoy.

But the news coverage has left out one important part to the story. And that’s the hundreds of unpaid volunteers and concerned citizens throughout Snohomish County who worked alongside me for many years, spending countless hours and their own money, first opposing the adoption of FCCs in the first place during the 2005 county comprehensive land use plan, and then working hard once a different council was elected to erase these terrible policies and regulations from the books.

Without people getting involved in bad land-use planning decisions, it is much more comfortable for our decision makers to adopt bad land-use decisions.

To all of you who opposed FCCs from the beginning and stayed involved to the end, thank you! It’s proof positive that grassroots activism is alive and well in Snohomish County, and that by working together for good land use, we can make a difference in protection of our environment for this and future generations.

Kristin Kelly
Futurewise, Pilchuck Audubon Society
Snohomish

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