The Seattle Hearing Examiner cancelled an Oct. 29 hearing with Magnolia resident and activist Elizabeth Campbell regarding her appeal of the Fort Lawton Redevelopment project, with a final decision on the case now expected by early December.

Campbell leads the Discovery Park Community Alliance, and filed an appeal to the City of Seattle’s final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the Fort Lawton Redevelopment project in April.

According to the Hearing Examiner’s Office, Campbell failed to submit a witness and evidence statement, and then the city filed a motion to exclude testimony during the hearing as a response. Campbell also failed to appear at a pre-hearing conference.

The Hearing Examiner has now chosen to resolve the appeal case through briefings. Campbell has until Nov. 2 to submit a briefing explaining her reasons for her appeal. The city must respond to Campbell’s brief by Nov. 9, and then Campbell will have until Nov. 14 to respond again. After Nov. 14, the hearing examiner will make a decision regarding Campbell’s appeal within 21 days.

Campbell could not be reached for immediate comment, as the phone number listed in her appeal had been disconnected.

Fort Lawton on Magnolia Bluff was originally established as an Army installation in the late 1890s. It became Discovery Park in 1972.

In 2005, the city had to create a redevelopment plan for the 70th Regional Support Command headquarters after the facility was shut down. The city originally planned to create a mixed-income housing area, but the idea was shut down after neighbors filed a lawsuit, which was supported by the Court of Appeals.

In 2010, after further environmental review, the case was resolved but the city had a lack of funding for the redevelopment project due to the 2008 recession.

In December 2017, the city announced a preferred alternative for Fort Lawton. The plan included 85 supportive housing units for homeless seniors, 100 affordable rental units and 52 units of affordable ownership housing, totaling 238 housing units on the 7.3 acres.

Plans are to also provide 21.6 acres of park and recreation space, which includes preserving natural areas.

The FEIS was published on March 29.

The Seattle Hearing Examiner was supposed to hear arguments from DPCA and the city in late September, but the hearing was moved to Monday, Oct. 29, because Campbell needed more time to find legal counsel.

Campbell founded DPCA, as well as the Magnolia Neighborhood Planning Council, which filed the lawsuit that delayed the project.

The appellants want to use the Fort Lawton property to expand Discovery Park, and argue the added housing could bring a potential 600 new residents , and with them vehicle traffic that would negatively impact the park’s natural environment.

“The appellants also believe that the FEIS is fatally flawed, that it does not adequately identify and examine the impacts of the preferred alternative, number one, or that of number two, that in either case they would be a fatal and irreversible departure from the goals of the Discovery Park Master Plan. None of which was addressed in the FEIS,” the appeal states.