People living in Gig Harbor are celebrating a small victory, after city leaders decide to hold off on a plan that would ease building height restrictions along the waterfront.

The fear, among many neighbors, was that taller buildings would destroy the scenic views along Harborview Drive.

When you're putting big buildings downtown in front of the waterfront in Gig Harbor, people want to know about it. People who walk downtown want to have a view of the harbor, it's important to them, said Jeni Woock.

That's why started the group called 'Citizens For the Preservation of Gig Harbor Waterfront', and circulated a petition that quickly got 1100 signatures.

It simply asked for council members to postpone any decisions regarding building high restrictions.

On Monday, the issue went before council for what was supposed to be its third reading.

The proposal made by city planners would have relaxed building height restrictions from 16 feet to 27, and allowed for two-story buildings along the waterfront.

A standing-room only crowd packed into city hall to voice their opposition to the proposal.

City planners say it's about revitalizing the city and updating codes and regulations to allow for growth.

Ultimately, council members said they could not move forward with the changes, at least in areas directly impacting the waterfront.

Councilwoman Jill Guernsey suggested they make a motion that would allow them to approve the relaxed height restrictions in other parts of the downtown business district, but remove any and all language pertaining to building heights on or near the waterfront.

Go forward on the rest of it tonight, but we'll take the sections on the waterfront and have you draft a new ordinance that you'll present to us on October 14th, she told city planners. That gives you about a month.

City planners told her that would be enough time to come up with a compromise.

Woock considered it a major victory for those hoping to preserve their scenic views.

You know, we're feeling really good right now, because the waterfront commercial and residential areas are now going back to the drawing board, she said. It's going to be re-opened for public comment, we got exactly what we wanted.

That public comment session has been tentatively set for October 14th.

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