Schneider Electric sues Vancouver, Washington, says city's six-month moratorium on development affecting its proposed biomass plant violated planning laws

LOS ANGELES , November 2, 2011 () – Schneider Electric filed a lawsuit against the city of Vancouver, Washington, on Oct. 31, alleging the city’s six-month moratorium on development was in violation with planning laws and due process, The Columbian reported Oct. 31.

Attorneys for the company Steve Horenstein and LeAnne Bremer said that, because the moratorium was being enforced on a single project, Schneider Electric’s proposed biomass plant, it violated the laws.

Horenstein and Bremer are asking a judge to rule the moratorium invalid and to order the city to accept paperwork for the plant, according to the article.

After reviewing the lawsuit, Vancouver City Attorney Ted Gathe said it was “at best premature” as a public hearing on the moratorium has yet to happen, but is scheduled for Dec. 5. The city will be defended against the claims made in the lawsuit, Gathe added.

A dozen protesters rallying against the biomass plant were slated to attend a Nov. 1 county commissioners meeting at Battle Ground City Hall.

The primary source of this article is The Columbia, Vancouver, Washington, on Oct. 31, 2011.

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