LETTER: ‘Someone is altering the Indian Trail in front of their house…’
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It was brought to our attention that someone is altering the Indian Trail in front of his or hers house. This would be on the trail above SW 172nd Street called the “Sunrise Trail” (in Burien’s Three Tree Point neighborhood).
In checking with the City of Burien website it appears as if this activity would need a permit. So the question is why would the City of Burien give a permit to a land owner so the she or he can expand the property line further out and alter the Indian Trail? Not only that but as you can see by the pictures there has to be almost 5 to 8 yards of fresh dirt brought in. The natural balance of vegetation that holds the hillside together has been destroyed under this large amount of dirt and there appears to be no effort to replant the area. When the winter season comes it will be a large muddy mess and could spell potential hillside collapse endangering the people below and the integrity of the land owners houses above.
I have sent a form to the City of Burien asking for comment and resolution to this matter. If there is a permit then let us hope that the required vegetation planting is enforced and soon. As you will see in the pictures there is already erosion from what little water has fallen since this “alteration” of the Indian Trail has occurred.
Here is a copy of the email to the City:
Halfway up the trail someone has dumped 5 to 8 yards of fresh dirt across his or her property and over the Indian Trail in what appears to be an attempt to expand the property line further out. This person has also covered utilities (Power, communications and Water) with dirt leaving only the minimum showing. Removing natural vegetation and not installing any form of erosion control and it already apparent by the water run off lines in the soil. Based upon the City of Burien own ordinances this is not correct.
12.20.050 General conditions.
Construction or grading activity on or to a trail, or on private property abutting the trail that affects the physical integrity of the trail or the safety of trail users, is prohibited unless a building permit and/or a right-of-way use permit, right-of-way construction permit, or street use permit is first obtained. The city may deny or condition a permit based on a finding that the proposed activity will adversely affect the physical integrity of the trail or the safety of trail users. [Ord. 143 § 1, 1995]
Does this person have a permit to alter the Indian Trail?
– Terry Haigh
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