We just listed this nice lot in the Pine Glen community of Cle Elum. Its just off West Nelson Siding Road, around Lavender Lake. Here is a link to the Bing map of the property: http://binged.it/L0HFNY And a link to our listing: http://search.tellusre.com/idx/12777/details.php?idxID=041&listingID=377637
And, here is a panoramic view from interior of property
The main question folks have is "can you build a house?" which is largely dependent on the question "can you put in a well?" If you are familiar with the area, you've heard of the moratorium on new wells. Its not exactly a moratorium. You have to get a permit to get a well, and to get a permit you must be 'water neutral', meaning you have to be putting as much water into the ground-water system as you take out. (Side note: The State of Washington owns all ground water... don't know if you know that... I didn't.) That is kind of hard to do (about impossible), so the result is you have to buy water rights from someone else. And, no surprise, as this is America... a market appears to fill that need. There are water banks you can purchase water rights from.
Tellus Real Estate Solutions will be working with our clients to guide them through the process of sorting all this out. That way, we can provide better information to potential buyers and their agents. One good start is with reviewing materials on the Kittitas County website: http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/cds/landuse.asp You'll have to view several different places on the site, including Land Use and Dept. of Health. The gist appears to be "get permission from the state, first" And next is the Dept. of Ecology/Kittitas Water Exchange site: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/cro/wtrxchng.html As we work through the process, we'll update this article to let folks know what we learned.
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