The Burlington Hill Truth 2013








The Burlington Hill Truth 2013, is about the biggest 21st century debacle in Skagit County, which lied to families about the construction of the roads in and around the Burlington hill site. And exposed families over the past decade to a toxic material that when disturbed, far exceeds EPA standards as acceptable levels of being safe to breathe the air. With reckless disregard to the fact that prolonged exposure to the substance found inside the rocks has been shown to cause lung cancer, and EPA investigators recommended in a draft report that signs be posted “alerting people to the dangers of asbestos exposure.” 

The evidence in the record demonstrates an overwhelming and significant environmental impact both to the natural environment, and to the built environment, including all public services. Consequently, the conclusion is that the city planner Margaret Fleek, knew as far back as she notes in her 1992 EIS Review, the legislative GMA rules regarding urban growth areas, natural resource lands, and critical areas, but wanted to obtain a second opinion to try to get around the law, when she submitted in June of 1997, a Petition for a Declaratory Ruling with the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board, looking for advice. Such advisory opinions are expressly prohibited by WAC 242-02-910 (1)(b). See 1992 Environmental Impact Statement (excerpts)   1997 Declaratory Ruling

While Ms. Fleek’s 1999 SEPA review certainly met the legislative goal of increasing opportunities for residential housing, her hasty, sweeping action, in the preparation of a meaningless "environmental review," utterly ignored the parallel goals of increasing environmentally acceptable living conditions and decreasing environmental harm. Without the benefit of any meaningful environmental review or analysis, and ignoring abundant evidence in the record of the likelihood of increased environmental harm and property damage from the City of Burlington’s actions, Ms. Fleek’s Burlington Hill SEPA review was based on unfounded and incorrect assumptions of the legislative intent, and the issuance of the City's 1999 SEPA approval was clearly erroneous, and a complete betrayal of the public trust.

Follow our commitment to the truth on how we established the relationship between the city planner, and the original land developer, and how this development was illegally approved, by the city planners misconduct in office, willful neglect of duty, and flagrant disregard to the legislative intent, governing RCW and WAC code rules that were in full force during the Burlington Hill development process. 
          
                 The Burlington Hill Truth 2013, is about "transparency and substantiated facts"
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