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In a growing community, information can travel fast – sometimes too fast to be accurate! Have you heard something that made you raise an eyebrow in disbelief? Have a question you just can't seem to get an answer on? Are you just doing your part to make sure information you pass along is true? Then this is your space to cut through the misconceptions and sort out the facts: what’s real, and what’s rumor.

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Register using the link in the upper right corner of the page and submit your questions about any City-related topic.

In a growing community, information can travel fast – sometimes too fast to be accurate! Have you heard something that made you raise an eyebrow in disbelief? Have a question you just can't seem to get an answer on? Are you just doing your part to make sure information you pass along is true? Then this is your space to cut through the misconceptions and sort out the facts: what’s real, and what’s rumor.

To view some frequently asked questions and answers, see the sidebar (below on mobile).

We will route your question to the relevant City Department and respond as quickly as possible (usually within a few days). If your question is about something the City doesn't directly manage or work on , we will provide you with contact information for the agency or organization that does.

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    Hi! I was looking through the City's website and tried to find information on city noise ordinance, but, I only found one that concerns construction. Is there in fact a general noise ordinance, i.e. "quiet city hours"/noise nuisance? Thank you very much in advance for your help with this.

    dunjahunt asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question. There is no specific code addressing noise in general. 

    There is a section that regulates noise in regard to poultry, Ridgefield Municipal Code 7.04.052

    There is also some regulation regarding temporary uses that require a permit, Ridgefield Municipal Code 18.205.015

    And as you mentioned there is the construction noise regulation, Ridgefield Municipal Code 9.14.010

    If you have additional questions regarding municipal codes and code enforcement, please contact our Code Enforcement Officer Tammi Neblock at tammi.neblock@ridgefieldwa.us or 360-887-3557 ext. 3325.

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    Hi, Any truth to the rumor that Chipotle is going into the Pioneer Village shopping area?

    GonzagaPace asked 2 months ago

    The City typically does not receive advanced notice of potential tenants in commercial buildings. The developer or leasing contact is the best source for this type of information. For Pioneer Village, that is Scott Higgins, Fuller Group, 360-597-0577.

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    What is the massive warehouse being built across I-5 east side of the freeway? Across the freeway from Parr Lumber and Northwest storage on the west side.

    minsen asked 2 months ago

    The building at 6547 S 5th St is being developed by Specht. Details are available on their website: https://spechtprop.com/specht_property/ridgefield-industrial-center/

    The City does not currently have information on a tenant for the property.

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    Why are trains still blowing their horns?

    Steve Roberts asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The short answer is, trains are still blowing their horns because the Division St Railroad Crossing is not officially closed yet. 

    Fences were installed in the Fall in anticipation of the finalization of an agreement with Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) to close the crossing for emergency vehicle access only. This closure would benefit residents by ending the sounding of train horns while passing through Ridgefield.

    Unfortunately, BNSF has failed to move forward with the City on the Private Crossing agreement required to complete this process. Since the train horns will not end until an agreement is completed, the City has decided to restore the use of this public crossing to give residents safe vehicle access in the meantime. On Monday, March 7 City contractors will begin work to restore the Division Street Rail Crossing to safe open status.

    We know that residents, especially those who live Downtown, have looked forward to the ending of loud train horns and crossing signals. The residents of Ridgefield deserve to use their public infrastructure or know that they will be benefitting from the closure with the removal of signals and train horns and a guarantee that emergency vehicles will be able to use Division Street to access the waterfront. The City remains committed to completing this agreement with BNSF so that residents can enjoy the full benefits of the Pioneer St Overpass. Until this can be achieved, the Division St crossing will be open for public use.

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    Hello, would love to see interest in a BMX or pump track course in this area. St Helens has one but that is too far. What are the possibilities? Thank you

    Siffam asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Currently, there are no plans to build a BMX or pump track course in Ridgefield, however it has been a park feature option that the Parks Board has discussed. If you are interested in Parks planning, the Parks Board meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm: https://ridgefieldwa.us/government/city-departments/boards-and-commissions/#ParksBoard

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    Can you share the site plan for the development that is going in on 65th where the former RV park was? Wondering what tenets we can expect.

    Siffam asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. That development is called Tri-Mountain Station, and there are two staff reports and Notice of Decisions related to the project, one for Tri-Mountain Station North and one for Tri-Mountain Station South. We do not have any further details on what tenants will be occupying the buildings, but the notice of decision documents summarize the development proposals.

    Click here to view Staff Report and Notice of Decision for Tri-Mountain Station North

    Click here to view Staff Report and Notice of Decision for Tri-Mountain Station South

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    Alright it’s time to dig up the Costco rumor again. I am hearing that they recently broke ground. What can you share about Costco coming to town. If you don’t have specifics on Costco has any commercial developer started work for a large retail space in the discovery ridge area?

    Moorheag asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. We have heard the rumors of Costco as well, however we do not currently have any development agreements or site plans for a Costco.

    Yesterday there was a pre-application conference for a Les Schwab Tire Center proposed for Discovery Ridge. You can learn more about that here: https://ridgefieldwa.us/event/les-schwab-tire-center-pre-application-conference/2022-02-22/

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    Are street lights in new developments subject to Municipal Code 18.715.050? It seems they are contributing significantly to light pollution and not even taking into consideration my desire for them to "be shielded and aimed downward," it also seems like it's what the city has decreed. Yet they are all open to the sky and making these new neighborhoods too bright. Am I reading the Municipal Code correctly?

    mseank asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. 

    Yes, all exterior lights, including street lights, are subject to the requirements outlined in RDC 18.715. There is no exemption. 

    Regarding implementation of the lighting ordinance, when the City switched over from the Clark Public Utilities standard high pressure sodium lights to LED, the goal was to try and match the look of the old neighborhood lights while meeting the lighting ordinance requirements. At the time, our PW Director (who was not in that position at the time) recalls conversations with the manufacturers of the LED acorns you see in our neighborhoods asking if they’re Dark Sky compliant. The reps told our team they are, but we can’t find any written correspondence to that effect.

    We recently received another inquiry about street lighting and reviewed our lighting code, and based on the code’s requirement that no light at all may be directed upwards, the acorn lights that have been installed both before and after the LED standard switch do not meet the code. We have talked with the holophane sales rep that provides our lights and they have said that we can convert our existing LED lights to have a solid top. This change will reduce upward directed light by 4-7 percent compared to the current lights, but will require swapping out of the optic and globe. We’re waiting for pricing for this conversion.

    Lights in neighborhoods older than 2015 were converted to LED bulbs with the grant we received. These use different heads and bulbs, and we are still researching to see what is involved in converting them to direct no light upward.   

    Going forward we have now changed our standard to the solid top model, and will also use this model to replace any damaged lights. As we get more information we can also put together a program to convert existing lights to have solid tops.

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    We frequently walk in downtown Ridgefield near the boat launch on the paved trail. We keep our dogs leashed & pick up poop but the majority do not. So many piles of poop- a couple dozen this past week along the path in the grass. How will the city address this issue? You have provided bags & disposal but doesn’t seem to be working.

    Resident of Ridgefield WA asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Failure to pick up pet waste is unfortunately common among pet owners. As the city, we have provided signage and waste receptacles around Downtown to encourage folks to pick up after their pets. We have also published information on why picking up pet waste is important to care for our water system. The Port of Ridgefield has provided dog waste stations with bags and receptacles for the public on their property along the Lake River waterfront (the boat launch and trail). Unfortunately, neither the city or the port can be present at all times and pet owners still choose to not pick up their pets waste.

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    When will we start seeing progress on the roundabout at Royle and Wells?

    TeamHat asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The roundabout construction project at Royle and Wells is currently in progress. At this time we do not have a specific completion date.

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