"Case could get land-use laws back on the ballot"
By JENNIFER LANGSTON
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
"Sparked by a fierce property-rights battle in King County, the Washington Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday on whether residents ought to be able to overturn controversial land-use laws by a popular vote.
Local governments say that would paralyze their ability to carry out state growth-management laws, which force cities and counties to make balanced, difficult choices that some residents won't necessarily like.
Attorneys for property-rights advocate Rodney McFarland argued that the Legislature didn't intend for all development regulations to be immune from a referendum -- a basic right afforded to citizens by the state constitution."