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Canterbury Bluff back before county hearing examiner

The controversial Canterbury Bluff subdivision in northern Spokane County has gone back before the county hearing examiner with a revised plan to increase undeveloped space around a wetland on the property.

The 5-acre project involves 24 single-family home lots. That’s one fewer home site than a previous proposal that was rejected in court in 2014 on an appeal by neighbors.

Landed Gentry, Inc., of Burlington, Washington, has been seeking to develop the site for several years.

An earlier plan that allowed for a 75-foot wetland buffer was approved by the county hearing examiner, but that decision was appealed to Spokane County Superior Court.

In late 2014, the judge in the case ruled that state law required a 100-foot buffer. The final order partly reversing the examiner was issued in April.

The developer returned to the county with two proposals – one to maintain the 75-foot buffer and the other with a 100-foot buffer.

Hearing Examiner Michael Dempsey ruled that the 75-foot buffer could not be approved.

Last week, Dempsey held a public hearing on the proposal that calls for a 100-foot wetland buffer.

Residents of the area appeared at the hearing and testified that the current proposal calls for private roads that are not wide enough and that have inadequate sidewalks.

Dempsey said Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich testified against the street and sidewalk elements.

However, the private road system was previously accepted in the appeal to Superior Court, Dempsey said.

Dempsey said he expects a decision in the case in about two weeks.

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