As many owners, developers, and contractors know the landscape for new construction is tough right now given the real estate market and financial institution picture. Well for a handful of developers in Washington things got even tougher when they were met head on by 35,000-year-old quantum-leaping ancient-warrior named Ramtha. Well, maybe not Ramtha himself, but through Ramtha's medium, JZ Knight. If you're not familiar with JZ Knight and Ramtha, then your probably scratching your head, but in a nutshell, JZ Knight is a medium and channels her spiritual entity of Ramtha - who last roamed the Earth over 35,000 years ago. For Washington residents and natives like myself, JZ Knight has been a longtime fixture in our state. She maintains a large area of land located in Yelm, WA, where she runs her Ramtha School of Enlightenment.
Well, apparently no stranger to litigation, JZ Knight, recently won a key battle in her fight to maintain her water rights against potential intrusion by neighboring developers seeking to build new residential lots. In Knight v. City of Yelm, the WA Supreme Court held that JZ Knight had standing to challenge a plat approval that would potentially interfere with her superior water rights.
As it turns out, JZ Knight owns the water rights to the nearby Thompson Creek and its aquifer. Through a purchased certificate Knight is entitled to ownership over the surface waters and use of its groundwater, which is also in use by the City of Yelm. The various developers sought to build nearby residential lots. The developers were initially granted plat approval by a local hearing examiner and the city council. Well, Knight challenged the plat approval suggesting that the residential lots would not necessarily be adequately supported by the local water supply - which could also potentially interfere or deplete her own water supply. The WA Supreme Court agreed with Knight's position and it appears the development will be put on hold.
If you're interested the court case can be found here.