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Ecology Department files appeal to stop dock

Wed., May 12, 2010

Installation of a dock in the Coyote Rocks subdivision along the Spokane River has triggered a state appeal.

The city of Spokane Valley violated its own policies by authorizing construction of the dock without a shoreline development permit, Washington Department of Ecology officials wrote in the appeal, which was filed Tuesday in Spokane County Superior Court. The appeal asks the court to overturn the city’s decision allowing the dock.

A Spokane Valley spokeswoman declined to comment.

The dock at 11501 E. Coyote Rock Drive is the first of 30 planned for the subdivision. If the docks are constructed, they’ll cause substantial shoreline damage, state officials said.

The area is designated as “pastoral” under the Spokane County Shoreline Master Program. Pastoral designations recognize areas with wildlife habitat and scenic values. Docks in pastoral areas require a shoreline permit unless the docks are for private, noncommercial use, the appeal said.

This dock was built by a developer to increase the lot’s resale value, state officials said in the appeal, arguing that the dock isn’t exempt from the permitting process.

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