UPDATE: The City of Burien issued a Stop Work Order to the controversial clear-cutting construction work being done by Westmark Emerald Pointe near SW 136th and Ambaum Blvd. SW on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019.

The city says the order was issued at 11:15 a.m.

The stop work order prevents any further activity on the site, except in order to stabilize the site for erosion control.

“The City is working with the contractor to ensure the site is stabilized in advance of the rainy season for the protection of the wetlands and stream,” the city said. “The City is also requiring that the contractor mark trees that are to be retained immediately.”

Here’s the full statement from the city:

“One of the conditions of the clearing and grading permit is that substantial amount of work under their submitted construction schedule be completed before the permit expires. Burien’s Building Official made a determination on October 15, 2019 that substantial work as required under the permit had not been completed. Substantial work had to be completed under the clearing and grading permit to prevent the permit from expiring.

“The Building Official issued a stop work order at Noon on October 15, 2019. The stop work order prevents any further activity on the site, except in order to stabilize the site for erosion control.

“There were certain measures the company was directed to take from the hearing examiner stipulation and decision issued on September 13, 2013. The City is working with the contractor to ensure the site is stabilized in advance of the rainy season for the protection of the wetlands and stream. The City is also requiring that the contractor mark trees that are to be retained immediately.”

Read our previous coverage here.