In 1988, M. Bruce Anderson, Gary D. LaChance, and M. Bruce Anderson, Inc. (Anderson) (plaintiffs), attempted to develop a plot of land that they owned in the City of Issaquah (Issaquah) (defendant). In order to develop land in the city, all plans must receive a land use certification that is approved by the Issaquah Development Commission. This commission is guided by statutory building design criteria that attempt to maintain the character of the city. Anderson brought his plans to develop the land in front of the commission, which was denied. The commission gave Anderson certain suggestions as to how to change the plans for resubmission. Anderson then submitted plans once again, which were denied due to aesthetic reasons. Anderson then brought this action against Issaquah claiming that Issaquah’s building regulations are vague.