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Hearing on proposed gas station

By Kevin Hanson, The Courier-Herald

If plans go as developers hope, Enumclaw motorists will have two more options when filling their tanks.

Following an industry trend, a pair of city grocery stores are looking at placing gas pumps in their parking lots.

Furthest ahead is QFC, which will be the topic of a public hearing next week before the Enumclaw Planning Commission. Safeway also has been in contact with the city, but isn't as far along in the process.

A public hearing notice posted by the city details QFC's plan for a gas station, covered by a canopy and including an attendant building.

Les Johnson, director of community development for the city, said the gas station is planned for the lot directly in front of the store. Asked about parking concerns, Johnson confirmed the grocery store is required to provide adequate parking for its shoppers, but noted the entire Enumclaw Town Center complex counts toward QFC's parking requirement.

"The complex has more than enough spaces," Johnson said, pointing out parking stalls near the new Walgreens and Washington Mutual buildings.

Zoning is not an issue for either the QFC or Safeway proposal, but all gas stations must acquire a Conditional Use Permit from the city, and that calls for a public hearing.

The hearing on the QFC proposal is set for 7 p.m. April 22, during the Planning Commission's regular meeting at City Hall, 1339 Griffin Ave. Public testimony will be taken at that meeting; written comments will be accepted until the close of the Thursday night hearing.

Before QFC could build, the city will require approval by its Design Review Board and Engineering Department. The project also requires that environmental issues be considered.

Johnson said Safeway has provided his department with information for preliminary review, including an environmental checklist. Safeway has not yet submitted paperwork that would set the Conditional Use Permit process in motion.

Kevin Hanson can be reached at khanson@courierherald.com

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