Point Wells Development Can Move Ahead After Appeals Court Ruling

A three-judge panel found that earlier, more lenient development rules apply to the project.

The proposed Point Wells development to build some 3,000 housing units, including high-rise buildings up to 18 stories tall, can move forward now that a three-judge Appeals Court panel has thrown out a King County Superior Court judge’s decision to halt the development.

The Appeals Court ruling Monday found that more lenient development rules, which existed at the time of application, apply to the project.

Woodway and the Shoreline neighborhood group Save Richmond Beach had sued Snohomish County and developer Blue Square Real Estate, citing modified development regulations.

An attorney for Blue Square told The Herald of Everett that the Appeals Court decision brings clarity but that the development process will be long. (Read The Herald’s full story here.)

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Renee Roberta Haynes January 09, 2013 at 12:13 AM
This completely blows. Not much else to say. :(
Tere Ryder January 09, 2013 at 06:48 AM
This country is in the middle of the biggest down-turn since the Depression with huge percentages of empty real estate across the country, foreclosed properties, fenced off half built buildings and these wealthy developers/real estate endities just keep tearing up our landscape and building more..........It is just obscene. And particularily when they are businesses a half a world away.....with no actual ties to our intimate communities here........I'm sure wondering what they are going to do to Richmond Beach Road to accomodate (assuming 2 in each Condo) 6,000 more cars on that road
Tom Jamieson January 09, 2013 at 07:57 AM
It is a very sad day for Shoreline. In the months and years ahead you will hear much about Pt. Wells. It isn't and never was about saving Richmond Beach. It is about saving Shoreline. Well, say goodbye to the Shoreline you knew and loved.
Anthony Edmonds January 15, 2013 at 07:07 AM
I'm confused as to why anyone would oppose this: other than the folks with properties fronting Richmond Beach Rd of course? What is this Shoreline we are saying goodbye to? The stretch of 185 from Aurora to 100th that is already nearly a highway, with the only highlight being the Royal Unicorn? They are tearing down an oil storage facility to build shops, housing, parks, etc... why is this bad?
Tere Ryder January 15, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Yes, the "stretch of 185 from Aurora to 100th that is already nearly a highway" Aurora was a main highway......Soooooooooooo, why not build there and spare our beautiful shoreline, wildlife, etc. I am reminded of an E.B. White quote at the beginning of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (1962!), " I am pessimistic about the human race because it is too ingenious for its own good. Our approach to nature is to beat it into submission. We would stand a better chance of survival if we accommodated ourselves to this planet and viewed it appreciatively instead of skeptically and dictatorially." E.B. White and most important "The sedge is wither'd from the lake, And no birds sing." Keats We are supposed to EVOLVE, not go backards.....in a short 100 years, this planet has been set on the biggest trajectory to extinction than all of the history of the world prior.....duh!....it's about evolving up, not down and backwards


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