The Town of Woodway and the non-profit community group Save Richmond Beach announced Monday that they have filed a lawsuit against Snohomish County and Point Wells developer Blue Square Real Estate (BSRE). The lawsuit seeks to prohibit Snohomish County from continuing to process the developer’s application for a mixed-use development at Point Wells.
“The Town supports the redevelopment of Point Wells. But we cannot support the county and developer’s vision of 7,000 new residents at this remote site,” said Woodway Mayor Carla Nichols.
The 61-acre Point Wells is largely surrounded by Woodway and Puget Sound, with the only entrance being a very narrow, two-lane road located in Woodway that passes through Shoreline’s Richmond Beach neighborhood.
The current lawsuit follows a recent ruling by the state’s Growth Management Hearings Board, which found the county’s designation of the Point Wells site as an urban center invalid and illegal under the Growth Management Act and state environmental protection laws.
Town of Woodway administrator Eric Faison said that Woodway has attempted to have its concerns addressed through negotiation wth both the county and the developer, but so far has been unsuccessful. “We really do not believe that litigation is the best solution to this problem,” Faison said. “Unfortunately, we’ve reached the point where our options are limited.”