Photo Copyright 2011 JZ Knight. Used with permission
Kudos to Sean Robinson, staff writer at the Tacoma News Tribune for this thorough report posted today at 4:20pm.
The story is titled:
“JZ Knight’s bid to halt development heard by state’s Supreme Court“
“Neighbors often groan about the new housing developments next door. Typically, thats all they do but JZ Knight, 65, is no ordinary neighbor. Shes started an argument that could change the rules of local land-use planning throughout the state, and shes determined to finish it…
“The tussle resonates beyond Yelm and local fuss over growth.
“If Knight prevails, the legal precedent could echo across the state, especially in rural communities where water is scarce: owners of senior water rights could halt development in its tracks.”
– To “halt development” was not Knight’s purpose.
Knight’s case was about “the City of Yelms attempt to approve five proposed new developments without adequate proof of a sufficient water supply…
JZ Knight, presented evidence at five public hearings showing that the City of Yelms water rights are not adequate to serve these five subdivisions,” quoting her Public Notice to Residents, Taxpayers and City of Yelm Water System Customers, dated Nov. 18, 2008.
– Knight is on the record saying she is not “anti-growth”.
Read more from her website.
UPDATE: Sunday, June 5, 2011:
The News Tribune story was also published in sister McClatchey-owned newspaper The Olympian, front-page, top-of-fold.