"The lawsuit at this point is the only way to get the County Council and planners to revisit the Westbard Sector Plan," SCA President Sid Clemans told Sumner residents in a message announcing the decision. "They can change it to ensure redevelopment compatible with area infrastructure in this long-mature, suburban, residential area. The Board hopes that its donation will encourage other communities to take similar action. Since compatible development is so important, we also encourage Sumner citizens and members of other communities to support the Westbard Legal Fund."
As I reported earlier, a recent decision on a similar case in the D.C. Appeals Court suggests the Westbard legal case is a strong one that won't simply be dismissed by a judge. The legal effort was spearheaded by the Save Westbard citizen organization, which hired attorney Michele Rosenfeld, who prevailed over the County and Costco in the Kensington Heights gas station controversy.