Current Development Projects

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Donation Pump Station Rebuild SEPA# LUA2022-0012

The City of Kelso is undergoing a project to rebuild the outdated Donation Pump Station located on North 4th Avenue.  The new wastewater pump station will be built on the footprint of the existing pump station.  However, the existing pump station already encroaches into the required front yard setback.  Thus, a variance is requested for the new pump station to also encroach into the setback.  The project also involves replacing the existing 8-inch force main within 4th Avenue with a 16-inch HDPE force main running south from the pump station approximately 1,150 lineal feet.

The site is on North 4th Avenue immediately south of 400 N. Donation St. The zoning district is Residential Single Family 5,000 square feet (RSF5).

Expansion of Commercial Building SEPA# LUA2022-0010

Jason Hannah, on behalf of Dick Hannah Dealerships is proposing to construct and expand a new drop-off service lane and six (6) interior bays on the north end of the existing Dick Hannah Toyota building, which will be approximately 6,356 square feet. A new metal vehicle detail bay on the east side of the building totaling approximately 988 square feet will also be added. The proposed new expansions will match the existing building materials, colors, and parapet heights. The existing site is zoned GC- General Commercial.

Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment and Rezone LUA2022-0005, -0006, -0007

The proposal is to change the Comprehensive Plan’s Future Land Use Map classification for the subject property from Commercial to Industrial.  The proposal is also to change the zoning for the subject property from Regional Commercial (RC) to Light Industrial (LI). The proposal is located in Sections 12 and 13, Township 7N, Range 2W, WM immediately west of Interstate 5 and south of State Highway 432 on Cowlitz County tax parcel numbers 24905, 24385, and 2439101 in Kelso, WA.

South Kelso Railroad Crossing - Revision

LUA2022-0009 in reference to SEPA #: SEP18-007, Case #: STE18-004

The City of Kelso is proposing a railroad crossing overpass located near Hazel Street and the BNSF rail line.  Most of the property is in Cowlitz County jurisdiction. A DNS for this project proposal was originally issued in 2018, but the City of Kelso has since submitted a revised checklist that includes additional information regarding impacts at the at-grade crossing closures at Mill and Yew Streets and updated designs. This Revised DNS is issued for the entire project proposal. Improvements include tree planting and landscaping in key locations, stormwater improvements, and relocation of impacted utilities. Upon completion, Hazel Street between South Pacific Avenue and the eastern terminus of the proposed project will become a dead-end street with a turn-around. The Mill and Yew Street at-grade rail crossings will be closed upon opening of the new bridge and Hazel Street extension to South River Road. Mill and Yew Street would terminate with a cul-de-sac or hammer head to facilitate vehicle turnaround on the west side of the closed crossings.

Paxton Reservoir Transmission Main Project

SEPA Permit# LUA2022-0003

The City of Kelso is replacing the existing 16-inch asbestos cement (AC) water transmission main along S Kelso Drive to the Paxton Reservoir located adjacent to Paxton Road in Kelso (Parcels 24316 and 24317). The existing AC water transmission main will be replaced with a 16-inch ductile iron (DI) water transmission main from Paxton Road, through a newly obtained City of Kelso easement and will lead to a connection point located adjacent to S Kelso Drive. A small, packaged booster pump station with a prefabricated enclosure will also be set to an existing concrete pad. The booster pump will be located at the Paxton Reservoir site and connected to a new 4-inch DI water main providing for domestic service pressure upgrades to 15 homes within the Paxton Road neighborhood. Per WAC 197-11-800 (3)(d)- repair/rebuilding of major dams, dikes, and reservoirs shall not be considered exempt under this subsection.

 

Self-Storage Units

Conditional Use Permit# LUA2021-0039

Erik Bjerkman, on behalf of Catlin, LLC is requesting Conditional Use Permit review for an existing vacant warehouse structure located at 104 Catlin Street in Kelso. The proposed modifications to construct freestanding self-storage units within the profile of the existing structure will leave the existing building intact with no exterior modifications. The parcel is currently zoned as General Commercial.

Construction of 23,600 Square Foot Building

SEPA Permit# LUA2021-0024

BT-OH, LLC is proposing to construct a new pre-engineered metal building that will be approximately 23,600 square feet and will be used as a shipping facility for UPS. Sitework will include a new United Parcel Service (UPS) building, a new asphalt parking lot, and concrete staging areas. Water, sewer, fire, gas, electric, and telecommunication utilities will be extended to the new UPS building. The existing site is zoned LI- Light Industrial with the north and southwestern portion of the site lying within Airport Safety Overlay.

 

Zoning Change near 1600 13th Avenue S.

SEPA Permit# LUA2021-0010

William Tastad of Cowlitz County is requesting a Zoning Map amendment review for a current parcel located near 1600 S 13th Avenue in Kelso. The parcel is currently zoned as Open Space, which conflicts with the Comprehensive Plan Map’s designation of Light Industrial. The site is a previously disturbed gravel parking lot and the proposed amendment would allow Cowlitz County to construct a 3,600 square foot metal storage building with seven bays. Per WAC 197-11-800(6) Categorical Exemptions- Land Use Decisions, the proposed rezone must be consistent with and cannot require an amendment to the comprehensive plan. The applicable comprehensive plan must have also been previously subjected to environmental review and analysis through an EIS under the requirements in WAC 197-11-800 prior to adoption; and the EIS must have adequately addressed the environmental impacts of the rezone to be categorically exempt. The applicant’s proposal meets the requirements to be categorically exempt from SEPA review and a Determination of Non-significance has been issued. The proposed Zoning Map amendment also does not interfere with an intermittent slough that is near the site’s property lines and any applications for development will be reviewed at the time of building permit submittal.

 

Shoreline Master Program: Periodic Review

In order to meet requirements set forth by the Department of Ecology and as required by the Washington state Shoreline Management Act (SMA), RCW 90.58.080(4), the City of Kelso is undertaking a periodic review of its Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The review ensures the SMP stays current with changes in laws and rules, remains consistent with other Kelso plans and regulations, and is responsive to changed circumstances, new information, and improved data. To keep the public involved in the SMP process, the City of Kelso is initiating a Public Participation Plan to encourage public input throughout the SMP review process. Interested parties can access status updates, draft documents, official notices, minutes and other project information at the links below. This webpage will be the primary resource for all information related to the periodic review process.

 

2021 Levee Maintenance Project

SEPA Permit# LUA2021-0012 (SEP21-004 & SHR21-001)

The Consolidated Diking Improvement District #3 of Cowlitz County (CDID #3) is requesting Shoreline Exemption for the 2021 Levee Maintenance Project consisting of work at two locations on the Coweeman River levee and one location on the Cowlitz River levee. CDID #3 is requesting Shoreline Exemption per WAC 173-27-040(2)(b) because the work to be completed is normal maintenance on existing levees. The normal maintenance at the three levee locations will prevent decline of each levee and continue to provide needed flood protection without causing substantial adverse effects to the shoreline environment.

 

Construction of 26,400 Square Foot Building

SEPA  Permit# SEP21-002 & Site Plan Review STE21-001

DLC Properties, LLC has applied for site plan approval to construct a 26,400 square foot metal warehouse building on 4.31 acres.  The Assessor’s Parcel Number is 243490100. The site is located east and north of 705 Colorado Street, Kelso, WA.  The property is zoned Light Industrial (LI).

 

Downtown Kelso Street Rehab Project

SEPA Permit# LUA2021-003 & SEP21-003

The City of Kelso is undergoing a project to rehab some streets in the city.  The streets are: Pacific Avenue from Allen Street to Cowlitz Way; 4th and 5th Avenues between Oak Street and Allen Street; and Oak Street between 4th and 5th avenues.  The project involves milling and filling the top 2-inches of all streets; replacing ADA ramps in selected locations; replacing sanitary sewer lines on all streets; and replacing stormwater lines if video inspections show damage.

 

Catlin Elementary School - Temporary Site

Conditional Use Permit# LUA2021-0005 & SEP21-001

Kelso School District No. 458 is undergoing a project to temporarily site at the Catlin Elementary School 5 portable classrooms, 2 portable restroom trailers and gravel parking for 60 vehicles.  The purpose of the project is to temporarily house Huntington Middle School students for the 2021/2022 school year while the Huntington Middle School is being renovated. The site address is 404 Long Avenue.  The zoning district is Residential Mixed Density. 

Youth & Family Link 

Conditional Use Permit #LUA2020-001

Applicant’s project is to construct a 2,700 square foot building on a 0.22± acre lot.  The new building will be used for Lower Columbia College Head Start Start/ECEAP classes and neighborhood community center activities. The decision for this conditional use permit will be rendered by the Hearing Examiner after a public hearing.

 

Huntington Middle School Modernization

Conditional Use Permit# LUA2021-0004

Huntington Middle School is an existing middle school. Project scope is to include modernization of the main building (78,519 Sf on approximately 6.5 acres) mechanical, electrical, plumbing, seismic improvement and architectural finishes. The project scope also includes an expansion of the building to the North that will add approximately 6,000 sf to the building to house a new auxiliary gym and new main building entry. There are no anticipated building use changes at Huntington Middle School.

 

 

Construction of 30,000 Square Foot Building & 4,800 Square Foot Building

SEPA Permit# SEP20-002 

Three Rivers Land Services has applied for site plan approval to construct a 30,000 square foot building and a 4,800 square foot building on 3.06 acres.  Approximately, 9,000 sq. ft. of the larger building will be used as an indoor sports complex.  The remainder of the building will be divided into individual bays and leased to various businesses.  The smaller building, to be built at a later date, will likely be leased for a light industrial use.  The site address is 1303 South 13th Avenue, Kelso, WA.  The property is zoned Light Industrial (LI). 

 

Tybren Heights Road Improvements

SEPA Permit# SEP20-005

Aaron Fuller PE with Fuller Designs has applied for a civil engineering permit to upgrade the existing Tybren Heights Road (a private road which is partly located within Kelso City limits).  The project will serve 8 existing lots totaling approximately 40 acres.  

 

Huntington Ridge Apartments

SEPA Permit# SEP20-003 LA Hamilton, LLC - 906 Croy Street

LA Hamilton, LLC has applied for site plan approval for a project to construct a 96-unit apartment complex on approximately 10.14 acres.  As proposed, the apartments would be accessed from a driveway off of Kelso Drive North. The site address is 906 Croy Street, Kelso, WA.  The property is zoned Residential Mixed Density.

Butler Acres Elementary School Modernization & Addition

Conditional Use Permit# CUP20-001 Kelso School District - 601 Crawford Street, Kelso WA

Kelso School District No. 458 is undergoing a modernization of the Butler Acres Elementary School and to construct a 4,600± square foot addition to the school. Existing portable classrooms will be removed.  The parking lot will be reconfigured and a bus exit only drive aisle will be installed.  The City is issuing a determination of non-significance (DNS) for this project.

Youth & Family Link 

Conditional Use Permit #CUP19-001 Youth and Family Link 1107 S 4th Street, Kelso WA

Youth and Family Link is proposing a Kelso Facility to serve underserved youth and their families at 1107 S 4th, in the Wallace neighborhood. The public hearing for this Conditional Use permit is scheduled for August 14, 2019 at 5:30pm. Interested parties may attend and be heard.

Additional information will be posted here as it becomes available.

AES Office Building

AES Holdings, Inc. proposes the construction of approximately 7,000 square feet of buildings with associated parking, landscaping, and fencing at 1100 and 1200 Hazel Street. Written comments on this project will be accepted until 5PM on May 6, 2019. If you would like to comment, please follow the directions in the Notice of Application.

Wallace Elementary School

The Kelso School District proposes to replace the existing Wallace Elementary school building with a new 2 story facility aprox 46,000 sq feet in size. The original structure will be demolished after completion of the new structure.  Written comments on this project will be accepted until 5PM, March 6, 2019.

South Kelso Railroad Crossing

The City of Kelso is proposing a railroad overpass at Hazel Street and the BNSF rail line. Below is the SEPA checklist and supporting documents. A cultural resources report was done but is not available for public distribution as per RCW 42.56.300. Comments must be submitted to the City here in Community Development no later than 4 PM on January 17th. Only written comments can be taken. Please follow the directions for submitting comments found in the SEPA checklist distribution slip.

Headstart Facility at Barnes Elementary School

Lower Columbia College and the Kelso School District are partnering to add a larger Headstart facility at Barnes Elementary School, 401 Barnes Street, Kelso. The new modular will be approximately 5,000 square feet in size and have an additional 14 off street parking spaces as well as an off street drop off and pick up for the kids. Parties of record wishing to appeal the DNS must do so in writing no later than 5 PM February 1, 2019. Follow the directions for appeal on the SEPA DNS decision.