Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Friday, January 15th the Shoreline Preservation Society (SPS) filed a judicial appeal of the Growth Management Hearings Board decision on the 185th Subarea, zoning, and environmental impact statement to the Thurston County Superior Court. The Board had ruled in favor of the City of Shoreline on December 16, 2015.
SPS did so because the Board erred in a rush to approve transit-oriented development, failing to recognize that the Shoreline City Council has mandated explosive new growth without any plan to pay for the substantial new infrastructure that will be required to support it.
SPS is appealing the GMHB decision because these massive rezones are wrong for Shoreline, a city that prides itself on having livable neighborhoods. SPS believes that the City’s actions do not comply with the Growth Management Act and therefore must be invalidated and remanded back to the GMHB Board by the Court.
The physical nature of our community as described in the appeal states: “According to the Subarea Plan, the subarea’s existing population is 7,944 people. This subarea, rezone, and planned action allows for buildings of 4-7 stories with densities upward of 48 dwelling units per acre with a build out population of approximately 56,529 people -- a population eight times its existing size, and larger than the existing population of the City of Shoreline as a whole.
Janet Way, President of SPS, stated
“SPS is standing up for the distinct character of our community, while still in support of the GMA. We can support smart growth and promote a vibrant community without dismantling our existing community completely, displacing thousands of residents who have contributed to our community for many decades. We can support growth without destroying our sense of place or overtaxing our residents to pay for upzone impacts.”