Leeward East vote postponed

(Updated) The City Council has put off, without explanation, a decision on a conditional use permit which would allow the construction of Leeward East, a development of 23 single family homes and 38 condominiums wast of the ferry landing. 

The Leeward East project was on the Council’s agenda Monday night, but Mayor Dean Maxwell, acting as the Council chair, announced the Council would go into executive session to discuss the matter

Maxwell failed to disclose the purpose of the closed session.

While the state’s open meetings law permits executive sessions for several reasons, state law requires that the reason for the closed meeting must be stated publicly prior to the closed meeting.

“Before convening in executive session, the presiding officer of a governing body shall publicly announce the purpose for excluding the public from the meeting place, and the time when the executive session will be concluded.” - RCW 42.20.110 (2).

Maxwell said no action would be taken afterward.

At its March 16 meeting, the City Council had set out several conditions before allowing the Leeward East project to go forward and scheduled a final vote for Monday night.

Mayor Dean Maxwell later said he erred when he failed to state the executive session was to discuss "potential litigation" involving the Leeward East project. He said the city had received a letter from the developers that protested some of the conditions the City Council was considering imposing on the development.