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Tacoma: Judge deals North Shore development another setback

A Pierce County judge has dealt another blow to a proposed development seeking to build hundreds of homes over the North Shore Golf Course in northeast Tacoma.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Stolz on Friday affirmed the City of Tacoma’s previous decisions denying permits needed for the controversial Pointe at Northshore project, which aims to build 366 houses and 494 town houses over the 116-acre golf course.

“The judge’s ruling means the city’s decision was upheld on all counts,” said Jay Derr, outside counsel representing the city. “It’s now up to (the developers) to decide if they’re going to continue this.”

Lawyers for neither the developers nor golf course owners responded to requests for comment Tuesday.

A local citizens’ group hailed the ruling as the latest victory in its 4.5-year battle against the development.

“We’re very happy,” said John Lovelace, president of the Save NE Tacoma group that formed in 2007 to fight the project. “We think the judge made the correct decision – that signed documents do have meaning.”

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Northshore appeal goes before Tacoma City Council tonight

The Tacoma City Council is set to hear tonight an appeal from developers seeking to overturn a city hearing examiner’s decision earlier this year that denied a controversial proposal to build hundreds of homes over the North Shore Golf Course in Northeast Tacoma.

Attorneys for developers Northshore Investors LLC have filed two appeals in the case – one to the Tacoma City Council, the other to Pierce County Superior Court. The appeals contend hearing examiner Wick Dufford had no legal standing for his denials and recommendations earlier this year against the developers’ land use application. Council members will hold a formal hearing on the appeal before them tonight, while the separate court appeal remains pending.

(We’ve written extensively about the project and its subsequent legal wranglings, most recently here and here.)

Opponents of the project, primarily neighborhood residents who formed the Save NE Tacoma group to fight the development, are expected to show up en masse at tonight’s City Council meeting. The group’s website promotes tonight’s hearing as “The Final City Council Meeting” on the issue, and it reminds people to: “TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS WE NEED EVERYONE IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.”

But if anyone is expecting to publicly speak on the matter tonight, they’ll be disappointed.
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