Leavenworth Adventure Park Artist's Rendition

WENATCHEE — A citizens' group opposed to the development of a Leavenworth amusement park with alpine rollercoaster has filed a lawsuit against the developers and the city, seeking to roll back permits awarded to the project.

Friends of Leavenworth filed the suit Tuesday in Chelan County Superior Court, seeking to block the permits granted to the Leavenworth Adventure Park. Washington's Land Use Petition Act allows judicial review of building and zoning permissions granted by local governments.

The Adventure Park, on a hillside at Leavenworth's western entrance, would include the coaster, a climbing wall, bungee trampoline and other activities. Opponents said it would introduce too much light, noise and traffic and parking impediments to the Bavarian-themed tourist town.

But the project won approval from the city of Leavenworth, and then from hearing examiner Andrew Kottkamp. Developers David Moffett, John Sutherland and Langston Properties LLC were granted zoning and use variance approval May 20; while considering the proposal, the city opted not to perform an environmental impact statement.

The Friends of Leavenworth lawsuit asks a judge to reverse the decision, and claims potential impacts of the project were downplayed and not fully analyzed by the city. It also argues Leavenworth Mayor Cheri Farivar tried to influence Kottkamp's decision by testifying at a public hearing, violating the city's own codes.

No hearing date on the petition has been set. 

Jefferson Robbins: 679-7013

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