Developer fined $452K for overclearing critical area in Richmond Beach development

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Downslope view from 12th NW
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Sundquist Homes, the developer of the Arden View project on 10th Ave NW, has received a Notice of Violation and Order to Correct from the City of Shoreline. The city found that Sundquist overcleared area identified as a "critical area" (e.g. landslide hazard slope and buffer zones).

The Notice is here.

The city has levied a fine of $452,000 and is requiring Sundquist to submit a new application for a clearing and grading permit, submit a revised critical areas report, and submit and execute a restoration/mitigation plan.

View from 10th NW
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Sundquist has appealed the notice and an appeal hearing is scheduled for October 10. The hearing is presided over by an administrative law judge contracted by the city. There lies the possibility that

Sundquist could prevail on appeal, or that the fine could be reduced.

Note that the Notice relates only to overclearing of critical areas and critical buffer zones. Sundquist can continue and has continued work on the three houses that it had begun erecting.

City records show that two calls were received from neighbors about the tree clearing. When investigated, it was determined that the clearing was within that allowed by the permit. The violations occurred after that time.

Updated 09-19-2016


Anonymous,  September 15, 2016 at 6:21 AM  

Sickening. This happens all the time in our city. Developers consider this slap on the wrist and know full well that they'll get away with it. Our city needs to be directly involved during the "clearing" or as it should be known, "destruction"takes place. Bit by bit, we're killing off the soul of Shoreline.

Janet Way September 15, 2016 at 2:19 PM  

Sundquist's behavior is abominable. And yet, is anyone surprised? He has done this type of thing in the past. Nothing is safe in Shoreline y'all! Not parks, wetlands, historic assets, neighborhoods or homes.

Paul Hamidi September 15, 2016 at 5:02 PM  

I called the inspector for the city three times to report clearing activities on the site. He never returned my call or otherwise acknowledged my complaint. Maybe they could have stopped this before it was too late.

Anonymous,  September 17, 2016 at 9:49 AM  

Developers who do this should forfeit their lot. Then we wouldnt see this cap going on!!!

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