Payton Quoted in Seattle Times About Fort Lawton Victory
Lane Powell shareholder Gwendolyn Payton was quoted in the Seattle Times in a March 29 article about a Lane Powell victory. The state Court of Appeals upheld a decision that required a new residential development proposed by the city of Seattle to undergo state environmental review. Representing the Magnolia Neighborhood Planning Council, Lane Powell successfully countered the city’s assertion that, because the plan was going to go through the federal Environmental Protection Agency review, the plan did not have to be approved under the more stringent state Environmental Policy Act (“SEPA”) review process.
The city’s plan would approve development of dense housing inside Discovery Park. Payton told the Times that the development would threaten a colony of Great Blue Herons and other wildlife.
On Monday, Payton said the city wanted to bypass SEPA “because, in my opinion, it’s very clear … that there’s no way (the plan) could have passed environmental muster.”