December 18, 2000
Court rules against soccer field hopes
On Dec. 14 the Washington State Supreme Court ruled on a case involving the potential use of the Woodinville Kaplan property and other properties located in the agricultural production district for soccer and other recreational uses. According to Judge Ireland, "In this case, we must determine whether 1997 amendments to King County's comprehensive plan and zoning code, which allow active recreational uses on properties located within a designated agricultural area, violate the Growth Management Act. We hold that the amendments do not comply with the Act and that the land in question does not qualify for innovative zoning techniques under RCW 36.70A.177. See ruling at www.courts.wa/gov.opinions.