On April 30, 2021, The City of Lake Forest Park was notified that Sound Transit filed a petition with the Growth Management Hearings Board appealing four of the five ordinances (Nos. 1217 (Town Center), 1218 (Development Agreements), 1219 (Off-Street Parking) and 1220 (Landscaping) adopted by the City Council relating to development in the Town Center zone). The petition was assigned Case No. 21-3-0008 and is available here.
In the petition, Sound Transit claims, “[t]he Development Regulations enacted by the Ordinances would effectively preclude the Bus Rapid Transit parking garage in violation of GMA requirements, including by making its development impossible or impracticable”.
The City intends to defend its ability to protect the character of the built and natural environment in the Town Center zone, the heart of Lake Forest Park, through its locally adopted development regulations, that reflect the goals and objectives of its elected officials and residents as determined through a robust public process of Town Halls, Community Meetings and Public Hearings.