The Chronicle: "Thurston County Upholds Mineral Lake GMHB Decision"
July 24, 2012 -- Subdivision in the Woods: Lewis County to Appear in Growth Management Hearing this Month
By Bianca Fortis
Thurston County Superior Court has upheld a decision by the state Growth Management Hearings Board that found a decision by Lewis County to rezone shoreline property on Mineral Lake did not comply with the state’s Growth Management Act.
The County Commission had approved rezoning 80-acre parcels into 20-acre parcels throughout 830 acres owned by Forecastle Timber Co. so the land could be developed.
But that decision was appealed to the Growth Management Board by Ron Nilson and a group called Friends of Mineral Lake. The county then appealed that decision for reconsideration, but the board denied the reconsideration appeal.
So Lewis County took the case to Thurston County, where, on July 6, the initial decision was upheld.
In early June, the County Commission passed amendments to the Lewis County Comprehensive Plan in order to comply with the initial Growth Management decision.
There will be a hearing before the Growth Management Board regarding those amendments on July 31.
Lewis County Commissioner Ron Averill said the county will know then whether the recent court decision will have any further impact.
Photographs courtesy of Art Wolfe, Inc.
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