Friday, January 11, 2013
Corrected and updated 1-12-2013 2:22am
|Proposed North Village at Point Wells|
A State appeals court has ruled in favor of the developer of a proposed condominium project at the Point Wells site in a part of southwest Snohomish County accessible only through the Richmond Beach area of Shoreline.
The appeals court ruling overturned a late 2011 King County Superior Court ruling that the zoning under which Snohomish County had accepted the developer's application was illegal. The appeals court said that the County could issue a permit under a less restrictive rules in effect when it accepted the application rather than the more restrictive rules ordered by the State Growth Management Hearings Board.
After the developer proposed building 3,100 condominiums on the former industrial site in southwest Snohomish County, the County rezoned the site as an "urban center." The County accepted the proposal for the development under that designation, but the Growth Management Hearings Board later said that the site didn't fit that designation and ordered more restrictive zoning for the site.
A King County Superior Court ruled in November 2011 that the City of Shoreline and the "Save Richmond Beach" organization were correct in saying that the development had to follow the new, more restrictive zoning rules.
The appeals court now has overturned the Superior Court with its ruling that the development could go ahead under the rules in effect when the County accepted the original application.