Whether the City of Edmonds can build a walkway on a public access easement in front of privately owned waterfront condominiums is a question headed for Snohomish County Superior Court.
The Edmonds City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to authorize City Attorney Jeff Taraday to file a request with the court to resolve the dispute over the scope of the public access easement that the city owns in front of the Ebb Tide condominiums.
The action came at the end of the council meeting, following an executive session to discuss the matter.
The issue stems from plans by the city to add 300 feet of walkway to connect the “missing link” between the north and south sections of an existing waterfront walkway — which is now interrupted by a private beach belonging to the 20-unit Ebb Tide building. The walkway connection is one element of the city’s planned waterfront park redevelopment in front of the Edmonds Senior Center, and Barker Landscape was recently hired to complete the work.
Despite ongoing talks with the Ebb Tide, Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Carrie Hite said no agreement has been reached about the city’s access to the easement. “As we go forward with design and development, we don’t want to get to the final hour and have an injunction to have to stop,” Hite said. “So instead, we’re proactively asking the judge to declare if the easement is clear and if we do have the right to build on that walkway.”
City Attorney Jeff Taraday said the request will be filed with the court “in the next week or two.”