No LUD set for Carlsborg

Sequim Gazette staff

The process of forming a local utility district in Carlsborg came to an end Monday.


The Clallam County PUD Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Feb. 13 to discontinue the pursuit of an LUD because it wasn’t financially feasible.


The LUD formation process began as a way to determine the boundaries of a proposed sewer project, as well as who would pay for it. Boundaries for the LUD were proposed in July 2010 but never finalized.


At a Feb. 6 meeting, Commissioner Ted Simpson said having an LUD with the proposed boundaries wasn’t financially feasible.


Also, PUD General Manager Doug Nass said Carlsborg doesn’t need the LUD anymore because Clallam County authorized repaying a $10 million state loan with money from the county’s Opportunity Fund.


The Carlsborg Urban Growth Area was ruled as noncompliant by the Washington State Growth Management Hearings Board in 2008 for not having a sewer plan in place. The board ruled a sewer plan was necessary under the Growth Management Act and the county has spent nearly the past four years both challenging the ruling in court and working to develop a wastewater treatment plan. Since the ruling, almost all forms of development within the UGA are strictly prohibited.


The county and PUD will accept a Conceptual Interlocal Agreement in the next few months, Nass said.
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