From the West Seattle blog, a detailed accounting of the appeal hearing held on Thursday asking for an environmental review. The appeal was brought by long-time district watcher, Chris Jackins.
In a brief closing statement, Jackins contended that “everything
about this project seems to be rushed,” and he said that the
supplemental studies presented by the district had not been done before
the SEPA checklist was issued, so the information hadn’t been presented
to the public, which should have had the chance to review it in the
environmental process: “This is not the way to do an environmental
For his closing statement, Hill said that doing “significant work”
after an appeal was filed is not unusual, since “the respondent has the
right to develop evidence,” and he said all that evidence “reinforced
the (Determination of Non-Significance) decision” not to require a full
environmental review. He added, “There really has been no successful
effort on part of appellants to demonstrate any significant adverse
The presiding hearing examiner said she expected to present Superintendent José Banda with her written decision within 10 days.