Leavenworth Group Asks City to Slow Growth Plans

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Friends of Leavenworth Asks City to Slow Down

LEAVENWORTH, WA – Development plans for expanded housing, hotels and recreational activities in Leavenworth are moving forward, despite a local group’s efforts. “Friends of Leavenworth” is petitioning the City of Leavenworth to slow down growth in the Bavarian Village until proper plans for traffic and safety mitigations are in place. Duane Goehner and Kirvil Skinnerland were guests on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley this morning with Eric Granstrom…

Goehner says, in reference to the development plans for the east end of Leavenworth, “The important thing is that we need to make sure that Riverbend Drive and Highway 2, if you build out that whole section of homes and condos and all that, that’s the sort of stuff that we’re asking the city to address.  We can’t always address Highway 2, but we can’t just have density go all the way higher and higher.  And with these vehicles, it creates a safety issue.  Can emergency vehicles get in?”

Granstrom asked Goehner to describe the areas of concern for those unfamiliar with Leavenworth.  Goehner sayd, “Riverbend Drive is road that comes off of Highway 2 by Safeway.  There’s about 30-acres behind that (Safeway) that there are plans for future condos, a Marriott Hotel chain potentially, and the 200-unit apartment complex.  So that’s at the east end of town.  At the west end of town at Icicle (River Road) and Highway 2 is called “The Castle.”  It’s a big rock of about 12-acres.  And that’s where they’re looking at putting in an Adventure Park.  So there’s potential traffic issues there and traffic issues growing at Riverbend.

(For related reading regarding the proposed Adventure Park, click here)

According to Skinnerland, the Adventure Park developers are submitting applications to the City of Leavenworth this week.  “They’ve just applied to the city for their conditional use permit and we understand the application’s going to be found complete probably this week.  That kicks off a two week time period for public comment.  And then they will do their environment review and there will be another comment period a little bit later on.  Our concerns are primarily traffic, parking and noise.  The traffic issues Duane (Goehner) has talked about.  We already have backups at Icicle Road and Highway 2 on the weekends.  This development is expecting about 100,000 visitors a year and the documentation they’ve submitted so far looks at another 80-cars an hour.”

Friends of Leavenworth is hosting a community meeting Thursday at the Leavenworth Fire Hall on Chumstick Highway at 7:00 p.m. with the Adventure Park project on the agenda.  For more information, go on-line to www.FriendsOfLeavenworth.org.

To watch the entire interview on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, click here.