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Port appeals rezone

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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The Port of Shelton has filed an appeal with the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board following a comprehensive plan amendment at the city.

The port served the city with notice last week that it was making the appeal to the hearings board based on a recent decision to rezone 160 acres of land from Commercial Industrial to Neighborhood Residential. Under the change, about half of the property, just south of Sanderson Field and west of Highway 101, could be developed for housing as part of a larger proposed project nearby to bring in big-box stores, retail and office space, homes, trails and more.

Prior to the rezone, the port, state and local pilots, and many others expressed concerns about allowing homes to be built so close to the airport and within an Airport Overlay zone. The hearings board appeal takes those concerns one step further.

Under state law, the hearings board has 180 days to make a ruling on the appeal. Following that, the board's decision could be appealed by the port or the city at the superior court level. A hearing before the board will likely take place in September.

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Original Publication Date: May 6, 2010

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