Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Statement from Shoreline Preservation Society
In the matter of the Ordinance 707, The Planned Action Ordinance the Court has granted Summary Judgement to the City of Shoreline vs Shoreline Preservation Society. The community group had sought to oppose this ordinance which abrogates the rights of citizens to receive notice, comment of appeal development proposals.
The judge let this stand as well as the EIS. However, there was minimal explanation as to why in the ruling.
“Of course we are disappointed and disagree with the Judge’s opinion, “ said Janet Way, President of the Shoreline Preservation Society.
“We are studying the ruling and deciding what options and strategies might be possible going forward. We will decide what course of action we might take further as necessary. But we are still working hard on issues of immediate importance and concern on the 145th Rezones and on informing our neighbors of what is happening. Though we are saddened by this decision, we will continue to advocate for the environment and to preserve things that matter in Shoreline.”
The ruling leaves in place the Planned Action Ordinance and EIS for the 185th Subarea.
This means that for the time being the mile-wide rezone and massive changes to the community will continue in relation to Light Rail Station Area development regardless of their impacts to the community. It remains to be seen what the actual impacts will be and the costs to the taxpayers and to special districts charged with providing services.