Oct 19, 201102:23 PMBlog

Port of Chehalis receives permit to develop wetlands properties

Oct 19, 2011 - 02:23 PM
Port of Chehalis has been granted a Regional General Permit by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop property at Chehalis Industrial Park containing wetlands.

Under the RGP, nominal low-quality wetlands will be mitigated by exchanging them for high-quality wetlands that have been created at a site several miles away in Pleasant Valley, near Adna. Port Executive Director Jim Rothlin said the RGP is the first of its kind issued by the Seattle Corps Region and will substantially reduce the time needed for securing environmental permits to develop port property. As a result, the Chehalis Industrial Park properties should be much more desirable to prospective business clients looking for land that can be developed in a short time frame.

Normally, approving a mitigation plan for a site containing wetlands can take two years or longer. Under the RGP, that process is greatly simplified and should move forward within a few months.

The port owns 250 acres of developable land at Chehalis Industrial Park. The RGP is applicable for five years and is renewable.
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