Kittitas County wants D.R. Horton to address its flood concerns before it can begin development at Black Horse at Whiskey Creek.

In order for D.R. Horton to move ahead with its proposed Black Horse at Whiskey Creek development, which at full build-out would add 354 homes to Ellensburg, Wash., Kittitas County commissioners and staff say that the home builder will need to make “significant improvements” to the property in order to address community flood concerns.

According to Public Works director Mark Cook, the company needs to replace a culvert, fix a retention pond that has not dried in over 90 days, and prevent the property’s water, which does not meet water quality standards, from leaking into the Ellensburg Water Company canal.

Jennifer Reiner, a land entitlement manager for D.R. Horton, told the county it could bond without the county’s approval if the two parties couldn’t come to an agreement.

Commissioner Paul Jewell agreed that D.R. Horton could bond, but the developer still needs the county to authorize the bond. Before commissioners allow that to occur, D.R. Horton needs to remake improvements to the site to stop flooding, he said.

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