Plannersnix Seagrass development

Published on Thu, Jul 21, 2005 by Jack Kintner

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Planners nix Seagrass development

By Jack Kintner

The Blaine planning commission voted 5-1 last week to recommend to the Blaine city council that they deny approval for the Seagrass condominium development on Semiahmoo spit. Planning commissioner David Baily was the lone dissenting vote.

The seven-member planning commission currently has a vacancy created when Chuck Green resigned after he moved to a residence outside the city limits.

“This had nothing to do with development rights,” said commission chairman Brad O’Neill, “but with a cold-blooded analysis of the Blaine Municipal Code.” He described the process that led to the decision as thorough, saying “there was not a stone unturned in this process. It’s as good as it can be.”

Representatives of the Trillium Corporation, which is seeking the permits for the development on behalf of the Gepetto Group, had no immediate comment. Earlier in the meeting the commission unanimously refused to consider supplemental material supporting Trillium’s position that had been submitted after the written public comment period had expired.

The matter now goes before the Blaine city council for a final vote.