Critical-areas debate continues

Peninsula Daily News September 2, 2001

A judge is expected to hear several motions Friday related to a lawsuit over the county Critical Areas Ordinance.

The lawsuit was filed by Clallam County Chief Civil Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Chris Melly at the behest of county commissioners seeking to prevent a petition repealing the ordinance from appearing on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Commissioners voted 2-1 on July 24 to ask a judge to rule the petition---filed by property-rights activist Bob Forde---beyond the ballot power of the people.

The Critical Areas Ordinance governs development near streams, wetlands and slide areas.

At least three groups---Protect the Peninsula’s Future, 1000 Friends of Washington, and Building Industry Association of Washington---are seeking to intervene in the case.

The requests are expected to be heard at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Clallam County Superior Court in Port Angeles.

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