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Developers appeal hearing examiner’s denial of Northshore project

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Feb. 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm with 5 Comments »
February 1, 2010 6:17 pm

Tomorrow, we’ll have an update on the legal wranglings since a City of Tacoma hearing examiner denied virtually every aspect of an application for the Northshore housing development earlier this month.

The news? The developer is now appealing the examiner’s ruling on two fronts: in court and before the Tacoma City Council.

Here’s a preview of tomorrow’s story:

The developers of a controversial proposal to build hundreds of homes over the North Shore Golf Course in Northeast Tacoma have appealed a city hearing examiner’s ruling that denied key parts of the project.
Aaron Laing, an attorney for Northshore Investors LLC, confirmed Monday he filed two appeals last week – one to the Tacoma City Council, the other to Pierce County Superior Court. The appeals contend examiner Wick Dufford had no legal standing for his denials and recommendations earlier this month against the land use application.
“He denied (the project) on what he quoted as a massive `outpouring’ from citizens who oppose it,” Laing said. “That’s not a legal basis to deny a land use application in the state of Washington.

Neither appeal has been scheduled for a hearing, Laing told me today.

Unfazed by the appeals, a spokesman for the citizens group, Save NE Tacoma, which has been fighting the development proposal for three years, told me today they battle will continue.

“We’re in this for the duration,” said David Radford. “We’re not going anywhere.”

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  1. timberlord says:

    It is shocking that a man would take the law into his own hands like this!

  2. ldozy1234 says:

    Will be an interesting test for the new Tacoma Council…. I have a bet on which side ($$) they’ll support but hope to be proven wrong.

  3. Davidson100 says:


    Why do you belive the new Tacoma Council will give this to the developer?

    And how would you predict each of the new members voting?

  4. bigbarb43 says:

    I like the part where the attorney states that the massive “outpouring from citizens who oppose it” is no legal basis to deny it. Maybe it isn’t legal but it’s typical of developers, no one counts except their pocket books. In his view, no one in the neighborhood should have any input about their own community.

  5. ldozy1234 says:

    Prior Councils generally have sided with the biggest $$ when it comes to development verses citizens/land preservation.. I really hope that this trend has finally broken with the new Council but will have to wait and see.

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