Richland Planning Commission take correct stand on Amon Creek

September 23, 2013 

Thank you Rick Simon and the Richland Planning Commission members for paying close attention to the application for the proposed Beer Falls development in south Richland. In reading the application, it was clear to me and many of my neighbors who live adjacent to this project that Hayden Homes had not done its homework.

Hayden Homes applied for approval of a 460 lot subdivision on 96 acres of south Richland property near Claybell Park. The company appeared to be unaware of the Amon Creek Natural Preserve immediately adjacent to its planned development.

This area is environmentally sensitive as a home to pheasants, coyotes, quail, beaver, badgers, deer and many other wildlife species. There are so few of these areas left in our dry desert climate.

Richland's municipal code specifically states that developments need to consider habitat in site planning and design as well as minimize adverse impact to important habitat.

Again, thanks to the planning commission as it has gone back to Hayden Homes and requested more information and possibly an "environmental impact statement" before approving this development. Good job, Richland Planning Commission!

LESLIE HATCHER, Richland

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