Workers begin clearing Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2018 for the long-contested Frognal Estates development near Picnic Point. Neighbors and environmental groups oppose the 112-home subdivision, which they say poses risks to a salmon-bearing stream and could increase the chance of landslides. (Noah Haglund / The Herald)

Workers begin clearing Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2018 for the long-contested Frognal Estates development near Picnic Point. Neighbors and environmental groups oppose the 112-home subdivision, which they say poses risks to a salmon-bearing stream and could increase the chance of landslides. (Noah Haglund / The Herald)

Judge halts work at Frognal housing development, for now

A group is fighting in court to overturn logging and grading approvals for the subdivision near Mukilteo.

PICNIC POINT — A judge on Friday ordered a temporary halt on work at the Frognal Estates development.

Crews just days earlier had begun preparing the steep, wooded site south of Mukilteo for a 112-home subdivision that has faced years of opposition from neighbors and local environmental watchdogs.

King County Superior Court Judge Barbara Linde wrote in her order that the Sno-King Watershed Council, which petitioned for the stay, was likely to prevail. Linde said she was reserving final judgment until she has the opportunity to review the case.

A Snohomish County inspector will work with contractors to secure the site consistent with the judge’s order, county spokesman Kent Patton said. That includes installing temporary erosion controls.

The activity that’s now on pause had allowed developer Integral Northwest of Everett to do limited work building access roads for future logging. County planners have issued permits to log and grade the 22-acre site, but the Watershed Council is challenging them in court. A hearing is scheduled for February.

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