Carlsborg crematory permit upheld, but foes vow to face commissioners

PORT ANGELES — A Sequim funeral director has won Round 2 in his proposal to install a crematory in Carlsborg.

The bout, though, isn’t over.

Clallam County Hearing Examiner Chris Melly on Friday denied a motion to reconsider his approval of a conditional use permit for a crematory at 108-B Business Park Loop.

Arthur B. Green III, director of a group opposed to the facility, promised that Citizens for Carlsborg would appeal the issue to the three Clallam County commissioners.

“We feel that, in the end, it comes down to a proper application of the intent of the zoning code, and to . . . recognition that [this] is the wrong location for the future growth of the Carlsborg area,” Green said.

Attorney Gerald Steel of Olympia represents both Brian Magner, owner of Gabby’s Java Hut, 471 Business Park Loop, and the citizens group.

While Magner has been a party of record since the beginning of the controversy, Melly also refused Friday to grant party-of-record status to Citizens for Carlsborg because they coalesced after the initial hearing on the permit.

Melly held that hearing on April 23. He approved the permit on May 7, and Steel moved for reconsideration on May 19. Melly held the reconsideration hearing June 11.

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