A Tillicum neighborhood group is contesting the city of Lakewood’s issuance of a permit to allow Camp Murray to move its main gate.
The Tillicum Action Committee contends the city’s environmental review was insufficient in the six-page appeal filed Thursday.
It asks the city’s hearing examiner to reverse the decision. It also requests the examiner to order the city to hold a public hearing and complete a supplemental review that fully address the impacts of the gate move.
Officials at the military department previously said the gate’s current location near Berkeley Street and Union Avenue is unsafe because it’s too close to the busy intersection, an antiquated Interstate 5 interchange and a rail line. The state has secured millions of dollars to construct a new gate at Portland Avenue and Boundary Street.
The permit granted by the city on Oct. 10 allows the military department to connect the new gate to public streets.
The appeal alleges the city failed to hold a public hearing and formally adopt the environmental study used by the Washington Military Department to justify the gate move. It also alleges the new location would drive more vehicles onto quiet neighborhood streets and block access to the Eagle Point gated community in emergencies, but the study fails to address those safety impacts.
The city has said the permit was granted lawfully and it requires the military department to pay for improvements to deter motorists for using neighborhood streets. Projects include installing raised crosswalks on Portland Avenue, putting in signs to identify a designated travel route for Camp Murray drivers away from neighborhood streets, and paying the city $100,000 for unspecified future “traffic-calming” projects.
City officials and a representative of the Tillicum Action Committee were not immediately available for comment Friday.
The committee, which advises the Tillicum-Woodbrook Neighborhood Association on transportation issues, hired a Seattle-based law firm, Gendler & Mann LLP, to represent it in the appeals process. It has vowed to exhaust its appeals in an effort to stop the project.