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Property Law Keyed to Singer
Anderson v. City of Issaquah
Citation:851 P.2d 744 (Wash. Ct. App. 1993)
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On December 21, 1988, the City’s Development Commission reviewed Anderson’s application for a land use certificate. Anderson proposed building a commercial structure faced with off-white stucco and a blue metal roof in a “modern” style. The building would have large retail windows in the front and a “warehouse” appearance in the back. The Commission voted to give Anderson an opportunity to modify the building design because of concerns with the current plan (facade didn’t fit surrounding area and wasn’t compatible with the image of Issaquah, and the need for more depth and interest on the facades). On January 18, 1989, Anderson returned with modified plans changing the metal roof to tile, the color from off white to gray with blue trim, and adding bricks to the front facade. Concerns were again voiced regarding the plan. On February 15, 1989, Anderson returned once more with revised plans including overhangs on the front of the building and additional brick, as well as landscaping and other changes to the rear of the building. After expressing further concerns, the Commission denied Anderson’s application. Anderson appealed to the City Council which affirmed the Commission’s decision.
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