Cityagrees to consider new Seagrass proposal

Published on Thu, Dec 15, 2005 by eg Olson

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City agrees to consider new Seagrass proposal

By Meg Olson

To save the time and cost of going to court the city of Blaine has agreed to start reviewing a new proposal for the Seagrass development on Semiahmoo spit.

“It’s a reasonable and prudent thing to look at that alternative,” said Blaine community development director Terry Galvin. At their December 12 meeting city council authorized the city manager to negotiate an agreement with Trillium Corporation under which both parties would ask the Superior Court to stay Trillium’s appeal of the city’s October 24 denial of their application to build a 35 duplex lot subdivision.

Trillium will submit a new application for the project that “takes a different approach to clustering,” reads the proposed motion to stay proceedings, which will address the primary area of dispute in the previous application. “I believe if the project is as it is being portrayed it will meet criteria and it should be approved,” Galvin said.

In response to concerns from Semiahmoo resident Ron Miller that the city was rushing through approval of a project it had just denied, Galvin said the new application would be subject to the same level of scrutiny as the original had been. “We would not support an expedited review,” he said. “This is a brand new application and it would require full disclosure and public review.”