Critical areas law initiative in court on Friday

from Peninsula Daily News

Clallam County, WA - 8/23/01 - A showdown over the legality of a voter challenge to the Critical Areas Ordinance is expected in a Clallam County courtroom on Friday.

A hearing on the proposed Critical Areas Ordinance Repeal Initiative advanced by a Sequim property rights activist, Bob Forde, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Superior Court at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

County commissioners sought the hearing July 24 to determine whether their ordinance can be challenged through the initiative process.  They say a state Supreme Court decision involving a Whatcom County case sets precedent against the initiative process.

(Editor's note:  This story in the Peninsula Daily News has incorrect information.  The case itself is to be heard on Sept. 7.  The hearing on Aug. 24 is for the purpose of hearing a request by Protect the Peninsula's Future and 1000 Friends of Washington to join in the case on the side of the county against Bob Forde.)

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