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Third acre lot in available in Pine Glen Community of Cle Elum-Easton

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: And a link to our listing:

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: 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: As we work through the process, we'll update this article to let folks know what we learned.

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Comment balloon 1 commentJason Hershey • July 16 2012 08:29PM



So, we did find we need mitigation water in order to put in a well. The process isn't terribly complicated. The Water Exchange site has a list of water banks where you can purchase existing water rights to offset what you expect to withdraw. We contacted the folks at the Suncadia-Lamb-Anderson water bank ( They drafted a letter of intent with terms for selling the rights and they even help with part of the process. The cost is under $10K... which seems reasonable considering lack of water means "no development".

Posted by Jason Hershey, Helping clients make great real estate decisions (Tellus Real Estate Solutions, LLC) over 8 years ago