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NOH City of Auburn Capital Project CP1603

City of Auburn Capital Project CP1603 
Coal Creek Springs Transmission Main Replacement Project
Shoreline Conditional Use Permit

The City of Auburn is issuing a Notice of Public Hearing (NOH) for the following described project. The permit applications and listed studies may be reviewed at the Auburn Department of Community Development at One E Main St., 2nd Floor, Customer Service Center, Auburn, WA 98001 and by visiting

Proposal: Shoreline Conditional Use Permit (SCUP) to install an approx. 210-foot pedestrian and utility bridge over the White River. A 24-inch diameter water main will be installed below the bridge.  A 12-inch diameter pipe for potential future water service and two utility conduits for potential future dry utilities will also be installed under the bridge. The bridge will provide a pedestrian linkage between City’s Game Farm Park and Game Farm Wilderness Park, which is divided by the White River. The bridge will be served by new 10-foot wide paved trails connecting to  existing trails in each park. The 24-inch water main will convey water from Coal Creek Springs to the City of Auburn’s storage reservoirs and water system on the north side of the White River. Trees felled for the project will be salvaged and placed off-site as large woody material (LWM) for future wood recruitment.  

Location: The bridge construction project is located at Game Farm Park (3030 R St. SE) and the Game Farm Wilderness Park (2401 Stuck River Dr.) in Auburn, WA, King Co. Parcel No. 2921059069, along River Mile 8.5 of the White River. The off-site mitigation site for the LWM placement will be located at River Mile 9.3, approximately 0.88 miles (4,634 feet) northeast of the bridge construction site, King Co. Parcel No. 2821059007.

Notice of Application:
October 21, 2020
Permit Application:
August 18, 2020
Complete Application:
August 18, 2020

File No. 

City of Auburn
Public Works Department
Seth Wickstrom, PE, Project Engineer
25 W Main St.
Auburn, WA 98001

Applicant’s Representative:
Jacobs Engineering Group
Scott Swarts, Senior Biologist
1110 112th Ave. NE, Suite 500
Bellevue, WA 98004

Property Owners:
City of Auburn 
Parks, Arts, and Recreation Department
Thaniel Gouk, Parks Planning & Development Manager
25 W Main St.
Auburn, WA 98001

King County
Water and Land Resources Division
River and Floodplain Management Section
Josh Baldi, Director
201 S Jackson St., Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98104

Studies/Plans Submitted with Application (PDFs):
SEPA Checklist, prepared by City of Auburn, dated June 2022
Civil Plans, prepared by City of Auburn, dated October 14, 2022 
Critical Areas Report & Habitat Impact Assessment, prepared by Jacobs, dated May 26, 2022
Stormwater Site Plan Report, prepared by Jacobs, dated October 2022
Alternative Summary Report, prepared by Jacobs, dated June 11, 2021
Geotechnical Engineering Report, prepared by Wood., dated October 21, 2020
Bridge Hydraulic Design Report, prepared by Watershed, dated October 30, 2020
Hydraulic Analysis LWM Mitigation Site, prepared by Jacobs, dated June 17, 2022
Cultural Resources Inventory, prepared by Jacobs, dated April 2022

Other Permits, Plans, and Approvals Needed:
Building Permit(s), Grading Permit, Shoreline Conditional Use Permit, Level 3 Floodplain Development Permit, Stormwater Permit, Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) from WDFW, Section 6f Land and Water Conservation Fund (Section 6f) approval from WA State Recreation and Conservation Office, Historical Cultural Review (Section 106) and State Environmental Review Process (SERP)  from WA State Department of Health, State Revolving Fund Program approval from Department of Health, Construction Stormwater General Permit from State Department of Ecology,  and King County Special Use Permit. 

Statement of Consistency and List of Applicable Development Regulations:  This proposal is subject to and shall be consistent with the Auburn City Code, Comprehensive Plan, Shoreline Master Program, and Eng. Design and Construction Standards.

Public Hearing: The Hearing Examiner will conduct a public hearing on the Shoreline Conditional Use Permit on February 15, 2023 at 5:30 PM The public hearing will be held in person and virtually.

To attend the meeting virtually please enter the meeting ID into the ZOOM app or call into the meeting at the phone number listed below.

Join the ZOOM meeting at the following web address:

Meeting ID: 899 2275 5356, or via one tap mobile+12532158782,,89922755356# US (Tacoma).

Dial by your location: +1 253 205 0468 US, +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma), 877 853 5257 US Toll-free, 888 475 4499 US Toll-free; Meeting ID: 899 2275 5356.

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Written comments may be either emailed or mailed attention to the contact person below to 25 W Main St., Auburn WA, 98001. Please note mailed comments may not be received by City Staff on time for inclusion in the packet provided to the Hearing Examiner.  

For persons with speech, sight, or hearing disabilities wishing to review documents pertaining to this hearing should contact the person below within 10 calendar days prior to the hearing. Each request will be considered individually according to the type of request, the availability of resources, and the financial ability of the City to provide the requested services or equipment. For questions regarding this project, please contact Alexandria D. Teague, AICP, Senior Planner at [email protected] or 253-931-3003.

Note: This determination does not constitute approval of the proposal. Approval of the proposal can only be made by the legislative or administrative body vested with that authority. The proposal is required to meet all applicable regulations.

Vicinity map


Proposed Bridge Construction Plan (draft)

Bridge Construction Site


Proposed Large Woody Material Placement (draft)

Large Woody Placement Site