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Conservation group files petition to stop land laws changes

KITTITAS, Wash -- A coalition of conservation groups filed a petition to review Kittitas County's amended Comprehensive Conservation Plan. The group, which included Kittitas County Conservation, RIDGE, and Futurewise hopes to encourage the County to fix flaws in the current and proposed plan.

They believe the County is growing too fast. On average, Kittitas is re-zoning around 60 pieces of land each year -- where as other counties in the state re-zone three to four. Most of the re-zoning is to add additional homes.

The new land use regulations would continue, if not speed up the trend.

The conservationists say all the development is harming water quality, and thus, agriculture -- the backbone of the county -- and putting a strain on county services. Each new development needs new roads, sewer lines and rescue personnel -- which is coming out of the tax payers pocket, not the developers.

The courts have 180 days to respond to the petition.