HEARING SET ON PROPOSED SALE OF STATE LANDS TO BAINBRIDGE ISLAND SCHOOL AND PARK DISTRICTS
HEARING SET ON PROPOSED SALE OF STATE LANDS
TO BAINBRIDGE ISLAND SCHOOL AND PARK DISTRICTS
OLYMPIA, Wash. Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing on a proposal which would facilitate the sale of state trust lands on Bainbridge Island for park development and a future school site, DNR said today.
The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, at the Bainbridge High School Library, 9330 N.E. High School Drive, Bainbridge Island.
Under the proposal, a total of 280 acres of Common School trust land would be exchanged into the Land Bank and subsequently sold to the Bainbridge Island School District and the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District. The proposal calls for reclassifying an equally valued share of the I-90 Lake Place office complex in Issaquah to Common School trust status.
A 40-acre tract east of Miller Road and south of Koura Road, about four miles northwest of Winslow, would be sold to the Bainbridge Island School District as a site for a future school. Three nearby parcels, totaling 240 acres, would be sold to the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District for park development.
The park purchase was made possible by the passage of a bond issue by Bainbridge Island voters in September. The forested acreage would provide recreational and educational opportunities, wildlife habitat and safeguards for the island's aquifer. Bainbridge citizens, including a group called the Friends of the DNR Forest, had sought for the past five years to protect the land from timber harvests and development. Commissioner of Public Lands Brian Boyle and DNR staff worked with the citizens to devise options to keep this land in public ownership.
The proposal will be considered by the Board of Natural Resources, which reviews all DNR property transactions.
Written testimony will be accepted by mail through Dec. 2. Send statements to the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Lands and Minerals, P.O. Box 47014, Olympia, WA 98504-7014. Please refer to Exchange No. 445.
/CONTACT: Sandi Snell or Anne Sharar of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, 206-753-5330/ CO: Department of Natural Resources ST: Washington IN: SU:
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