Zoning ends up in court

  • Jenny Lynn Zappala<br>Lynnwood / Mountlake Terrace Enterprise editor
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 11:36am

LYNNWOOD — A Lynnwood property owner is challenging the city center zoning regulations adopted in July by the Lynnwood City Council.

The complaint, filed in Snohomish County Superior Court, alleges that development regulations for future city center park sites are unlawful, arbitrary and “represent a taking of property without just compensation,” according to court records.

The City Council adopted on July 10 zoning for the city center area that included development regulations to protect four potential park and plaza sites. Developers who want to redevelop any of the four locations will have to negotiate with the city about how those sites will be protected.

Pirie Second Family Limited Partnership, which filed the complaint on July 27, owns one of the four potential park sites, which is located in the 4200 block on the south side of 198th Street SW. The site, which is a little over 1 acre, is now the Lynnwood Business Center.

Jim Pirie, the landowner, said he intends to work with the city to work out the details.

“We are making those attempts,” he said. “It is a cooperative interest for both parties.”

The City Council adopted the zoning and related ordinances in July to create a mixed-use, urban downtown known as the city center in the next 20 years. The new zoning allows larger, taller buildings — some as tall as 32 stories — with a mixture of residential, commercial and office space.

The city center area is roughly 340 acres located northwest of Interstate 5, south of 194th Street SW and east of 44th Avenue W. as well as properties immediately west of 44th Avenue W.

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