SEQUIM — A citizens group opposed to construction of regional shopping malls and companies owning two smaller centers have sued the city and developer Mark Burrowes over the recent rezoning of property.

That rezoning of 21 acres gives Burrowes of Bell Homestead LLC 72 acres in a land use classification that allows for construction of a regional shopping center — the property is south of downtown core off Sequim Avenue.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in Clallam County Superior Court in Port Angeles, claims the City Council erred in approving the rezoning because it isn’t in compliance with the city’s comprehensive plan.

The council’s approval followed a lengthy public hearing at which most of the speakers opposed regional shopping centers.

The Bell Homestead project, which hasn’t officially been presented to city officials, would need council approval before construction could begin.

Sequim First, the group of area residents opposed to shopping center development, have been meeting for the past several weeks hoping to build support for its stance.


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