Oso Landslide and the Political Football of County Development Departments

Earthfix has done a superb job of exploring the sordid story of Snohomish County Development Department and the pressure from the Master Builders Society. This isn’t just about Snohomish, the same pressures exist everywhere. These departments are usually funded by taxes and fees from the very people they serve. While it makes sense when it comes to the overall permitting process, it’s broken when someone has to step up and deny permits where they don’t make scientific sense.

http://earthfix.nwpr.org/communities/article/development-pressure-vs-landslide-risk-in-snohomis/

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