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Hearing Examiner

The Cowlitz County Hearings Examiner hears permits, reviews and appeals related to land-use, health, public works and other decision making matters as set forth in Cowlitz County Code (CCC) Chapter 2.05. The hearings examiner will be an attorney with extensive backgrounds in administrative law and policy. His or her role is not to create policy or change rules, but rather to ensure that policy and rules have been applied correctly.

Hearings Examiner Process

Specific rules and procedures in hearings before the Cowlitz County Hearings Examiner can be found in the Rules of Procedure adopted by the Cowlitz County Hearing Examiner.

Hearings Examiner Rules of Procedure

Current Cases Before the Hearings Examiner:

Thursday, August 31, 2017
2:00 pm  SL 16-0978   West Coast Training
Training Center -- S. Pekin Rd. Woodland

Exhibit C-1: Staff Report
Exhibit C-2: JARPA
Exhibit C-3: Stormwater Plan
Exhibit C-4: Preliminary Stormwater
Exhibit C-5: Hydrogeologic Assessment
Exhibit C-6: SEPA
Exhibit C-7: SEPA Comments
Exhibit C-8: Emergency Response Plan
Exhibit C-9: Noise Study
Exhibit C-10: Traffic Study
Exhibit C-11: Shoreline Application
Exhibit C-12: Shoreline Comments
Exhibit C-13: Final Site Plans
Exhibit C-14: Dike Access Permit Application
Exhibit C-15: Revised Conditions of Approval

Prior Cases - pending
Thursday  July 27, 2017  4 Shoreline Cases

2:00 pm SL 17-0988 Port of Kalama
Re-permit South Port Dredge Material Re-handle site.
Exhibit C-1: Staff Report
Exhibit C-2: JARPA & Maps
Exhibit C-3: Shoreline Application Notice
Exhibit C-4: SEPA Determination
Exhibit C-5: Surface Mine Operator Report

2:15pm  SL 17-0990 Port of Kalama 
Light Industrial Buildings; Hendrickson Dr. Kalama
Exhibit C-1: Staff Report
Exhibit C-2: JARPA & Maps
Exhibit C-3: Shoreline Application Notice
Exhibit C-4: SEPA Determination
Exhibit C-5: Project Summary
Exhibit C-6: Prelim Stormwater Report
Exhibit C-7: Critical Areas
Exhibit C-8: Traffic Study

2:30 pm  SL 17-0986 Weyerhaeuser NR
Substation Structure & Monopoles:  Industrial Way. Longview
Exhibit C-1: Staff Report
Exhibit C-2: JARPA
Exhibit C-3: Maps & Site Plans
Exhibit C-4: Shoreline Application Notice
Exhibit C-5: SEPA Determination
Exhibit C-6: SEPA Comments
Exhibit C-7: Email from Cowlitz PUD
Exhibit C-8: Site Assessment Memorandum

2:45 pm  SL 16-0976  PacifiCorp
Improve facilities / Saddle Dam Day Use Park
Exhibit C-1:  Staff Report
Exhibit C-2:  JARPA
Exhibit C-3:  Maps & Site Plans
Exhibit C-4:  Shoreline Application Notice
Exhibit C-5:  SEPA Determination
Exhibit C-6:  Habitat Assessment

Kalama Methanol Manufacturing and Export Facility
Northwest Innovation Works
 - Hearing date: January 23rd, 2017

    Supplemental Public Hearing Rules
    Open Record Public Hearing Ground Rules - KMMEF

    Cowlitz Index of Agency Record
    Exhibit C-1 Staff Report
    Exhibit C-2 FEIS
(Large file in multiple chapters, link to the SEPA website for access to all SEPA documents)
    Exhibit C-3 Letter from Department of Ecology Regarding SEPA Lead Agency 
    Exhibit C-4 JARPA (with Biological Assessment)
    Exhibit C-5 Vicinity Map and Site Plans
    Exhibit C-6 Critical Areas Assessment
    Exhibit C-7 Applicant Shoreline Compliance Narrative
    Exhibit C-8 Notice of Application and Request for Public Comment
    Exhibit C-9  Response to Comments with Attachments
    Exhibit C-10 Shoreline Comments Received
    Exhibit C-11 Pages 50-52 Erroneously Excluded from Exhibit C-6
    Exhibit C-12 Supporting Information for Exhibit C-7
    Exhibit C-13 List of Parties Notified - Supporting Information for Exhibit C-8
    Exhibit C-14 Supplement to Exhibit C-6 Mitigation Plan Figures

    KMMEF Post Hearing Exhibits:
    1. Post Hearing Exhibits
    2. K-68 Commissioner's Motion
    3. K-69 KMMEF Supplemental Preservation Memorandum
    4. K-70 KMMEF Dec Document
    5. Post Hearing Site Plan Submittal
    The decision is contained in a series of four documents.
    Hearings Examiner Decision - 1
    Hearings Examiner Decision - 2
    Hearings Examiner Decision - 3
    Hearings Examiner Decision - 4

    Hearings Examiner FINAL REVISED DECISION - 3.8.2017
    Final Decision March 8, 2017 - REVISED FINAL Decision


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