Mission Ridge sues over lengthy permit process for proposed 500-acre expansion

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Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort photo

WATERVILLE — The owner of Mission Ridge ski resort is suing Chelan County, saying the county’s four-year permitting process to allow the ski area to expand has cost him an unnecessary $6.9 million dollars.

Larry Scrivanich owns the ridge under the corporate name Tamarack Saddle LLC. His company filed suit on Friday in Douglas County Superior Court, saying Chelan County and its Natural Resources department have ignored the law and their own rules in handling Mission Ridge’s request for permits.

Scrivanich wants to add a new lodge, townhouses, duplexes, an outdoor amphitheater and other amenities as part of a 500-acre expansion, much of it land owned by the U.S. Forest Service. The expansion would affect both county and federal wildlands, and multiple agencies are reviewing its possible environmental impacts.

The lawsuit alleges Chelan County has illegally interfered with the development and use of the Mission Ridge property; ignored public records laws in failing to provide Tamarack with necessary documents when requested; and conspired and acted beyond the scope of its own governmental authority to impede Tamarack’s development process. The court filing follows a legal claim Tamarack filed with the county in September 2020 which contained several of the same allegations — a necessary precursor to a civil lawsuit.