“In a landmark 7-2 decision, the Washington Supreme Court confirmed that JZ Knight had standing to oppose five large residential subdivisions in Yelm. The Supreme Court held that Knight had established that Yelm’s erroneous land use decisions were likely to prejudice her senior water rights.
Knight said, ‘I am elated to know that the Supreme Court saw the potential harm to property owners who have legal rights to the aquifer that would serve these proposed developments. This decision sends a clear message to municipalities who make land use decisions without due consideration of the consequences to people who will be adversely impacted, even when those people own property outside of their jurisdiction.’
Knight’s attorney, Keith Moxon, said, ‘I am very pleased that the Court affirmed what JZ Knight has been saying since 2007 about the City’s failure to show water availability for proposed subdivisions. The Court not only agreed that Knight had the right to challenge the City of Yelm’s approval of these subdivisions, it agreed that the City failed to meet the water availability requirements of state law.’