City, Semiahmoo Company near logging agreement
The city of Blaine and the Semiahmoo Company are close to reaching an agreement concerning a 112-acre logging project within Blaine city limits, according to community development director Terry Galvin.
Last month, the city protested a Class III forest practice permit that was issued to the Semiahmoo Company, the land owner, and ALRT Corp., owner of the timber. The permit states the land would be used as a timber farm with a 60 to 80-year rotation.
�The city�s grounds for the appeal are straightforward. We believe that the city has jurisdiction when a land clearing activity, including logging, takes place within our city limits,� Galvin said. �The city does not believe that it is reasonable to assume that a 60 to 80-year timber rotation is going to take place within Blaine�s city limits, particularly in an area that is exceeding six percent annual growth in the Semiahmoo residential development.�
Following the appeal, city staff met with company representative and have agreed on a settlement that states Trillium will submit an application for a clearing permit, undergo environmental review and submit a �conceptual development plan� acceptable to the city.
Once all of the necessary permits are secured from the city, Galvin said, the land owner will withdraw its approved forest practice permit and apply for a class IV conversion forest practices permit. Once completed, the city will withdraw its appeal, Galvin said.
�I reviewed the terms of the settlement agreement with the city council and received their permission to move forward with signatures,� Galvin said. �Generally speaking, I am pleased with Mr. Syre�s (Jon Syre of Semiahmoo) cooperation in working with the city on this issue and hope that this agreement sets a precedent for the future.�