The ownership of Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort in Washington has filed a lawsuit against Chelan County over the permitting process relating to a proposed expansion. The expansion project has been in the works for approximately four years and includes new skiable terrain, a new base lodge, and condominiums.
According to an article from NCW Life, Tamarack Saddle, LLC, the group that owns and operates Mission Ridge, alleges this lengthy permitting process has cost them nearly $7 million. Tamarack Saddle believes that Chelan County has stepped beyond its authority to hamper the resort’s planned expansion. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that the county has operated at an extraordinarily slow pace when the resort had requested documents relative to the project.
According to a 2020 report from Chelan County, some key concerns surrounding this project include the environmental impact. In addition, there are some infrastructure challenges. The project would require a new section of county road and increased strain on existing roadways.