2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2009 10:24:39 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE: Ft. Lawton, Seattle, WA
Fort Lawton plan on hold

City failed to follow right procedures, judge rules

Seattle Post Intelligencer (WA)
March 13, 2009

Magnolia residents opposed to city of Seattle plans that have included developing 200 homes within Discovery Park scored a victory in court Friday.

King County Superior Court Judge Catherine Shaffer ruled that the city's plan, which tentatively included more than 80 units for homeless or low-income residents, failed to follow proper environmental assessment procedures on land that for more than a century had been in military control at Fort Lawton.

"The judge ruled that they failed to consider alternative uses of the land, including no development," said Elizabeth Campbell, founder of the group that filed the lawsuit, the Magnolia Neighborhood Planning Council.


In 2005, the federal government declared the Fort Lawton Army Reserve base surplus land as part of a nationwide base closure and consolidation program. When Mayor Greg Nickels and the City Council in 2008 approved a plan to develop housing there, when and if the land is turned over to the city, Campbell's group decided on legal action based on its concern that the city developed a plan without adequate public input.

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Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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