Court of Appeals Reverses Order on Potala Village

On Monday, the Washington Court of Appeals reversed the order of the trial court granting Potala Village’s motion for summary judgment and issuing a writ of mandamus directing the City to accept and process Potala Village’s building permit application. 

The trial court’s order required the City to accept and process a building permit application  based on the zoning and land use regulations in effect on the date of Potala’s shoreline substantial development permit application from February, 2011.  Because the Washington Court of Appeals concludes that the vested rights doctrine does not apply to shoreline substantial development permits, the Court of Appeals reverses the Superior Court Judge’s order and remands the case to the Superior Court with directions to grant the City’s cross-motion for summary judgment and dismissal. 

Download the Appeals Court Order here (PDF).