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Appeal filed for GMA Hearings Board to reconsider decision

UPD appeal by Jeff Switzer
Friends of the Law (FOTL), a group that has been fighting the proposed Blakely Ridge Urban Planned Development (UPD), has filed a motion for reconsideration of a decision on the issue by the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board.
    That decision allowed King County to keep the "urban island" designation in the Novelty Hill area.
    The Hearings Board staff has asked that the concerned parties submit reply briefs to FOTL's motion by Nov. 15.
    With the King County Council tentatively planning to give their quasi-judicial decision on the proposed Blakely Ridge UPD on Dec. 4, this will be just under the wire.
    Friends of the Law has asked that the Hearings Board decide the issue before the King County Council gives its ruling.
    FOTL and other Bear Creek activist organizations are planning a community meeting at Wilder Elementary School, 22130 NE 133 St., on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
    Joseph Elfelt, member of FOTL, said the motion is limited to the "island" urban growth area and argues that the county does not have the authority to blindly follow the countywide planning policies (CPP) if doing so violates the Growth Management Act.
    "The board's recent King County decision leads to an absurd result because it allows counties to adopt language in their CPPs that directly conflicts with the GMA," Elfelt said.
    Friends of the Law's previous appeal, which was denied, contended that the county's entire urban growth area was illegal under the GMA.
    The group is not seeking reconsideration of that decision.