Environmental: Seattle Stadium Project Doesn’t Require Environmental Review--Yet

Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:00 am
Land Use Law Report, Volume 41, Number 10

Signing a memorandum of understanding to locate a new basketball stadium in Seattle did not constitute a final "action" requiring environmental review under Washington’s environmental protection act; the government had not yet committed to constructing the stadium.

Facts: Chris Hansen, a hedge fund manager and basketball enthusiast, approached the City of Seattle and King County, Washington (together, the government) with a proposal to build a new sports stadium in Seattle and to bring NBA and NHL teams to the city. Hansen proposed a location near the existing football and baseball stadiums south of downtown. After a series of confidential negotiations, Hansen entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City and County.

The MOU did not commit the government to building Hansen’s proposed stadium, but it did[..]


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