Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on July 11th, 2006 at 6:17 am
The SK Northwest case is getting messier by the week. There has just been a second appeal (links to PDF) filed against the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) decision to not allow their permit. SK Northwest is seeking to build their business on a key section of the Springwater Corridor Trail and not grant the city any trail access across the property.
The new appeal has been filed by the property’s owner, Wayne Kingsley. I interviewed Kingsley back in April and it was clear at that time he had some major concerns about building a trail.
According to his appeal filing, Kingsley and his lawyers believe BDS’s decision violates the Oregon Constitution, the U.S. Constitution, and several legal case precedents.
Because of this new appeal the public hearing of the case has been postponed to August 16th at 1:30PM. The location for the hearing is 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Hearing Room 3000.
I’ve also heard that the BTA has engaged a lawyer to help draft their comments at the hearing.
Also, keep your eyes peeled for an article in The Oregonian by Spencer Heinz that should shed more light on this whole saga.
With both sides lawyered up I have a feeling this will be a long, drawn-out battle. Stay tuned…