Very Important News: Standing Up for Shoreline’s Neighborhoods

Dear Neighbors,

Exciting news! Shoreline Preservation Society Standing Up for Our Neighborhoods!

We are filing a legal action against the City today in a challenge against the Planned Action Ordinance and also at the Growth Management Hearings Board!

We invite you to join us and support our efforts. Please stay tuned! We will be sending you further updates and ways to help.

For now, we would welcome your help if you’d like to send a donation, do send a check to the following address:

Shoreline Preservation Society, c/o Janet Way, 940 NE 147th St, Shoreline, WA 98155

This effort is the result of a great deal of work by all of out team and especially from all of you who showed up and stood up for your neighborhoods!

This is just the beginning!

Best Regards,

Janet Way, President
Shoreline Preservation Society

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Standing Up for Shoreline’s Neighborhoods

Today, the Shoreline Preservation Society (SPS) took action for justice for our neighborhoods, which will be hard hit by the recent Planned Action Ordinance passed by the City Council.

SPS filed a Complaint for Declaratory Judgment in Superior Court against the City of Shoreline’s ill-conceived and irresponsible decision to radically rezone several single-family neighborhoods for high density. We are also filing a parallel challenge to Ord. No. 707 with the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board, in an abundance of caution. We are represented by the Dykes-Ehrlichman legal team, which has extensive experience in these matters.

SPS is acting in the interests of the community across Shoreline and neighboring cities, with support from hundreds of individuals, many groups concerned about the impacts to the environment and single-family neighborhoods, which have so much meaning to families who live here. The Planned Action Ordinance was adopted, despite substantive procedural problems and with serious violations of the rights of individual residents.

The sad thing is that if the 4-3 Council majority had actually listened to the community, the hundreds of residents who showed up, stood up to testify and wrote extensive comments, this legal action might not be necessary. There were better options they could have approved, but the Council majority obstinately determined to impose the worst possible options, with the most detrimental impacts on these neighborhoods.

They did this relying on a misguided belief that high-density must replace long-established, well-maintained single-family homes and is somehow the “green” option?

They did it despite the pleas from hundreds of residents who will bear the burden of this unwise decision unless it is reversed.

We are taking this action to stand up for Shoreline’s neighborhoods because it’s the right thing to do. We have heard from hundreds supporters who agree.

For further reading, the documents filed with the County are provided in the following links in PDF format:

Filed and Served SPS Complaint for Decl Judgment April 6, 2015 IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR COUNTY

Case Schedule Shoreline P S April 6 2015-signed

Corrected Summons Filed and Served SPS Complaint for Decl Judgment April 6, 2015 IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR COUNTY

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