The trial over the legality of a small cabin built atop Flagg Mountain in Mazama concluded last week with oral closing arguments and a visit to the cabin site by Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Chris Culp, who is expected to make a ruling in October.
Attorney David Bricklin, who is representing the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said that he has until Monday (Sept. 1) to file a closing brief. Then the defendants have a week to respond, and after that Bricklin will have another week to reply. Bricklin said Culp indicated he would issue a written opinion within 30 days of the final filing.
The trial was scheduled to last four days, but took an additional three days last week to conclude.
The suit was initially brought in 2013 by former owners of the 10.5-acre site on which the cabin is built, who cite what they claim are binding covenants prohibiting any structure that compromises views from the valley floor. The remaining plaintiffs are Steve and Kristin Devin of Mazama. The defendants are the cabin’s Seattle-based owners James Dow, Tom and Jeannie Kundig, and Ben Rand.
A nonprofit organization, Move the Hut, was formed last year to back a legal challenge to the cabin, which was built in 2012.