JZ Knight Challenges City of Yelm's Approval of Five Proposed Subdivisions

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Knight files Land Use Petition in Superior Court of Washington citing lack of available water resources to meet current and existing demand

JZ Knight, the founder of Ramtha's School of Enlightenment (http://www.ramtha.com), has filed a Land Use Petition in the Superior Court of Washington (08-2-00489-6) challenging the City of Yelm's decision (Resolution No. 481, adopted February 12, 2008) approving five proposed subdivisions (Tahoma Terra Phase II, Divisions 5 & 6; Windshadow I; Windshadow II; Wyndstone; and Berry Valley I). The petition states that the Petitioner's "personal and property rights and interests will be directly and adversely affected by the City's decision" based on the fact that substantial new development and new water demand will greatly exceed the City's ability and legal rights to provide adequate water service.

City evidence shows that the City of Yelm exceeded its water rights in both 2006 and 2007 and has not accounted for the water supply that will be needed to serve approved projects. The Petitioner's opinions are further bolstered by evidence from the Washington State Department of Ecology confirming that the City's water demand exceeds the City's water rights.

The Land Use Petition affirms that "Petitioner's water rights have priority over, and are protected against impairment by, all subsequent new uses of water, including new water rights and changes to all existing water rights, such as would be required to serve the proposed subdivisions." Yet, despite lack of demonstrable water availability, the five proposed subdivisions were approved by the Yelm City Council on February 12, 2008. In fact, the City's own Comprehensive Water Plan concedes that acquiring any new water rights is "increasingly difficult, if not impossible."

With respect to additional water rights the City hopes to acquire by 2012, the City's own water plan acknowledges that it is "unlikely" that a new well source will be approved or that water rights will be granted by the Department of Ecology. Knight's Petition asserts that the City's own water plan undermines the City's claim that it will acquire significant new water rights to serve future development.

"It is abundantly clear that the City of Yelm does not have an adequate potable water supply to serve these approved projects," states Knight. "The City has not been able to stay within its legal water rights for the past two years. How will it serve the hundreds of homes it approved last year, which have not yet been built, when it already has a water deficit? And now it wants to approve another 568 homes? As I've stated all along, I am in favor of measured growth in Yelm but cannot, in good conscience, remain silent as the City of Yelm continues with unchecked development at a pace that cannot accommodate either current or future water needs without adversely affecting the existing residents of Yelm."

"This court appeal would have been completely unnecessary if the Washington State Department of Ecology and Department of Health would have stepped in to protect the public interest by requiring that the City of Yelm have responsible plans in place for providing potable water to new development. Unfortunately, the agencies have not used their authority to protect the public's interest."

Copies of the Land Use Petition filed in the Superior Court of Washington in and for Thurston County are available for review upon request by contacting Liam Collopy, Media Representative for JZ Knight, at 310.300.0950 x 232 or via e-mail at [email protected]

About JZ Knight
JZ Knight was born in Roswell, New Mexico, in March 1946. She is the author of the bestselling autobiography, A State of Mind: My Story, the unique channel of Ramtha the Enlightened One, and one of the most charismatic leaders of the Schools of Ancient Wisdom and the Great Work in the world today.

Press Contacts for JZ Knight:
Liam Collopy
Vice President
LCO - Levine Communications Office
1180 S. Beverly Dr. Third Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90035
E: [email protected]
T: 310.300.0950 x 232
F: 310.300.0951

Andrea Nicastro
Account Executive
E. [email protected]
T. 310.300.0950 x236

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