Siting status

Latest update (September 2018): The County Commissioners have selected the US 97/Old Highway 10 site and have entered into a purchase and sales agreement with the landowner.

Update (August 2018): Our Final Site Selection Report is now available. Please click here to view the Final Site Selection Report.

Update (January 2018): The county has added a new site, named the US 97/Old Highway 10 site, to the list of sites currently being considered for the new Ellensburg Transfer Station. This site was selected for further consideration due to its large size, accessibility, ability to meet zoning requirements, and location within the Urban Growth Area. The list of sites currently being considered now includes the Tjossem Road site, Cement Plant site, and US 97/Old Highway 10 site.

The US 97/Old Highway 10 site was originally screened out of consideration due to the presence of a small strip of flood plain on the site. Based on a preliminary evaluation, the technical team is confident that the site can be engineered to avoid issues with the flood plain.

Update (December 2017): After hearing from the public and conducting additional technical work and further research into Federal Airport Administration rules and the Airport Master Plan, the project team has removed the Airport Site from further consideration.

During our June outreach process, we heard from a number of Kittitas County residents who came out to our in-person open house or left their feedback on this website. Based on this feedback, we made several additions to our siting criteria. These criteria in turn helped to inform the site screening process, in which over 60 sites were narrowed down to three. Click the drop-down menus below to learn more about the updated siting criteria, the site screening process, the three current potential sites and the associated preliminary costs.