Bellevue Permit Hearing Synopsis: Bellevue Hearing Examiner Gary McLean approved PSE’s Conditional Land Use Permit Application for the South Bellevue segment of Energize Eastside on June 25, 2019, after nearly 3 months of deliberation (details here). CENSE and several other citizens filed appeals on July 9th (details here). An Appeal Hearing was held Oct 16, where 5 appeals were presented. The Hearing yielded no decision. The City Council called a public meeting on Nov 14, where they dismissed all 5 appeals. CENSE is now appealing to the King County Superior Court. This hearing will take place in May 2020. CENSE is also fighting Energize Eastside permit approval in Renton.
Thank You to all those who showed up for the hearing and submitted comments. The turnout for the hearing on Thursday night was huge! Due to the quantity of testimony, the hearing continued into Friday and took up the entire day, from 10 AM till 5 PM. Legal testimony continued for another 2 days, wrapping up on Monday April 8. Energize Eastside proponents were prevalent during the first evening session, but sincere and well-informed residents dominated Friday, bolstered by excellent testimony from CENSE and CSEE. CENSE’s lawyer, expert witnesses, and president Don Marsh provided convincing facts against the project. Former PSE vice president and power planner Richard Lauckhart delivered a clear explanation of how PSE’s justification is flawed. The Hearing Examiner was engaged, asked good questions, and seemed critical of the project.
Read complete details of the proceedings on the hearing report.
What’s next? The Hearing Examiner will review the thousands of pages of testimony and public comment to reach a decision. His decision will be made public in June at the earliest, and possibly later than that. The decision is likely to be appealed to the Bellevue City Council by PSE or CENSE, depending on the outcome. Check back later or sign up for our newsletter for breaking news.
The CENSE legal notebook is a critical element in CENSE’s testimony. Since CENSE had only a short time to present its case, the notebook provides the Hearing Examiner with extensive detail to back up the oral testimony. The Hearing Examiner stated that he was impressed with the notebook and its excellent organization.
Countless hours by CENSE volunteers and expert witnesses went into writing, compiling, and printing the notebook.
To view the contents or download the entire notebook, go to our Legal Notebook page.