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City wants to cut into wetland to build community center

By ERICA HALL

The Mirror

Federal Way officials have submitted a land-use application asking to intrude almost 100 feet into a 200-foot wetland buffer at the proposed site of a new community center, senior center and pool in Celebration Park. In exchange for the encroachment, the city would create extra buffer nearby and permanently preserve it against development.

Months after the City Council approved and adopted a budget for the project — and after planners designed the building — community center planners learned the project site contains a Category I wetland that requires a 200-foot buffer. City parks officials initially thought the wetland was a Category II.

As currently designed, a 200-foot buffer would cut the build

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