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Department of Permitting and Environmental Review

Department of Permitting and Environmental Review
35030 SE Douglas St., Ste. 210
Snoqualmie, WA 98065-9266
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Pacific Raceways

2012 Public Meeting

Pacific Raceways held its Annual Public Meeting on October 10, 2012 at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington. The annual meeting is a condition of DDES Permit #A71-0-81, which was issued in 1984 to describe, define and limit the racing operations on the Pacific Raceways property. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss current and future operations and review compliance with the aforementioned Conditional Use Permit (CUP).

Jason Fiorito, owner of Pacific Raceways, spoke about the 2012 racing season and a little about his future vision for the expansion to the raceway which would include commercial buildings. The public meeting was recorded by Green River Community College media staff. You can listen to the entire meeting (streaming windows media).

For additional information on this project, please contact Chris Ricketts, by telephone at 206-477-0357 or via e-mail at Chris.Ricketts@kingcounty.gov.

Pacific Raceways Demonstration Project

On March 19, 2012, the King County Council adopted legislation authorizing a demonstration project to facilitate efficient processing of an application for redevelopment of the Pacific Raceways property.  The legislation establishes several milestones intended to ensure a timely decision.

The legislation requires that the environmental impacts of the proposed redevelopment be analyzed through an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).  The first milestone in the ordinance was direction to the Department of Development of Environmental Services (DDES) to identify, within 60 days from the effective date of the legislation, a list of consultants qualified to manage the EIS process, and to post the list to the DDES website within 75 days. 

King County's Procurement and Contract Services Division conducted the solicitation process for an EIS consultant.  The advertisement was published on May 9, 2012 and the solicitation period ended May 29, 2012.  The advertisement, Request for Qualifications, and other information related to the solicitation can be found on the Procurement and Contract Services website at https://procurement.kingcounty.gov/procurement_OVR/detail.aspx?bidid=1987

On June 11, 2012, DDES determined that five firms were qualified to manage the EIS for the Pacific Raceways redevelopment proposal.  Those firms (in alphabetical order) are:

 EA|Blumen  720 6th St S, Ste 100, Kirkland, WA 98033 
 Environmental Science Associates  5309 Shilshole Ave NW, Ste 200, Seattle, WA 98107
 Parametrix      1019 – 39th Ave SE, Ste 100, Puyallup, WA 98374 
 Shockey Planning Group  2716 Colby Ave, Everett, WA 98201
Weinman Consulting, LLC  9350 SE 68th St, Mercer Island, WA 98040

Under the adopted legislation, Pacific Raceways may select any of the qualified consultants, but it must make the selection within the later of 14 days after the list is published on the DDES website (June 26, 2012) or the date of a required preapplication meeting.  DDES is required to hold the preapplication meeting within 30 days of receiving a written request from Pacific Raceways.  As of June 26, 2012, Pacific Raceways has not requested a preapplication meeting.

For further information on the Pacific Raceways redevelopment or on SEPA consultant selection process, contact Jim Chan, Assistant Director for Permitting at 206-296-6740.