What the Island Crossing ruling means, what’s next

What does the Island Crossing ruling mean for other projects in Snohomish County?

The ruling will likely make the Growth Management Hearings Board think twice before reversing local decisions.

The case reiterates the rights local governments have in making land-use decisions and says the hearings board must find the county’s actions “clearly erroneous” in order to overturn them.

What happens now?

The appeals court essentially ordered the Growth Management Hearings Board to reverse its decision. Once that happens, the city of Arlington plans to annex and rezone Island Crossing. Then Dwayne Lane can move forward with his dealership.

What recourse is available for the groups who lost the lawsuit?

They can file a motion asking the appeals court to reconsider its decision. Unless they do that, they have until April 25 to file an appeal with the state Supreme Court.

What are growth-management hearings boards?

The state Legislature established the boards to evaluate allegations that cities, counties or state agencies have not complied with the Growth Management Act. There are three growth-management hearings boards in Washington.

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