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James D. Howsley

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Land use law is not only Jamie Howsley's career, but his passion. Jamie had the great fortune of growing up around land use and eventually following in the footsteps of his father, who was a respected planner and land use attorney. This unique upbringing provided a basis to understanding the evolution of the regulatory environment surrounding land development.

A land use attorney is an integral part of any development team and Jamie prides himself on being a dedicated professional who knows how to navigate the myriad of complex rules and relationships encountered in land development. He is known for finding creative, cost-effective solutions to challenges that could hamper a project.

Education & Admissions

Education:
  • J.D., Willamette University College of Law, Salem, OR, 2001
  • M.A., Political Science, American University, Washington, DC, 1997
  • B.A., History and Political Science, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, 1996
Admissions:
  • State of Oregon
  • State of Washington

Certifications

Memberships & Activities

  • Clark County Project Delivery Stakeholder Group, Member (2017-Present)
  • Metro Portland Home Builders Association, Board Director
  • Oregon Home Builders Association, Board Director
  • City of Vancouver Strategic Plan Oversight Committee, Member
  • Columbia River Mental Health Services, Board of Trustees, President (2015-2016)
  • Building Industry Association of Washington, Legal Committee
  • Building Industry Association of Clark County, Government Affairs Director 
  • Clark County Association of Realtors, Government Affairs Director, 
  • Clark County Development Engineering Advisory Board (Past Chair)
  • Southwest Washington American Planning Association (Past Secretary)
  • Clark County Title 40 Workgroup Member 
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Southwest Washington Contractors Association
  • Government Camp Tax Increment Finance Committee

Awards and Honors

  • 2014 "Protection of Industry" Award, Building Industry Association
  • 2014 Portland Business Journal 40 Under 40 award winner
  • 2011-2014 Washington Super Lawyers, Rising Star
  • 2013 "Industry Advocate of the Year" Award, Building Industry Association
  • 2013 "Protection of Industry" Award, Building Industry Association
  • 2012 Daily Journal of Commerce Leadership in the Law Finalist
  • Martindale Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Attorney

Publications

Edited Chapter 3 Dedication and Vacation of the Real Property Deskbook (4th ed. 2012) Volume 6: Land Use Development
The Big Picture
Can I Get a Mulligan?
Low Impact Development May Become Mandatory
The Incredible Shrinking Inventory
I've Got the Stormwater Blues
Measure 49 Measured Up

Articles

Presentations

  • “Development Agreements: Will the 21st Century be About Negotiated Zoning,” Building Industry Association of Washington Legal Committee 
  • Moderator of Building Industry Association of Clark County and Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Legislative Lunch with Senators and Representatives from 17th, 18th, 20th and 49th Legislative Districts, Vancouver, WA, April 2016
  • "The State of Vesting: Recent Developments in Washington's Unique Vesting Rules," Washington State Bar Association, December 2015
  • "Oregon V. Washington: Whose Land Use System Wins?" The Seminar Group, Oregon Land Use Law Seminar, December 2015
  • "Land Use Law in Washington State," Chicago Title & Fidelity School of Real Estate, October 2015
  • "Attorney Survivor," Chicago Title & Fidelity School of Real Estate, October 2015 
  • Moderator of Building Industry Association of Clark County and Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Legislative Lunch with Senators and Representatives from 17th, 18th, 20th and 49th Legislative Districts, Vancouver, WA, July 2015
  • "The Development Game: Securing Land Use Permits for Real Estate Development Deals and Sales," 2015 Real Property, Probate, and Trust Mid-year Meeting, Washington State Bar, June 2015
  • Oregon City Attorneys Association, Attorneys Spring CLE Seminar "The Oregon Municipal NPDES System - What to Expect Based on Washington's Experience," May 2015 
  • "The Other Green Building: Marijuana and Real Estate in Oregon," Urban Land Institute Northwest, April 2015
  • Cleanwater and Stormwater Conference Panel, Seattle WA, April 2015
  • Washington State Bar Real Property, Probate, and Trust Section, CLE "The Development Game:  Land Use Process, Tricks, and Traps for The Unwary Real Estate Attorney."
  • The Seminar Group, Stormwater Law & Regulation in Washington State CLE, "2013-2018 Phase I NPDES Permit: What is in the permit, what were all of those appeals about, what happened with the appeals and what is next?," Seattle, WA- June 25, 2014
  • Building Industry Association of Washington, Legal Trust Committee CLE "Phase I Permit Appeals," Seattle, WA - April 24, 2014
  • Moderator of Building Industry Association of Clark County and Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Legislative Lunch with Senators and Representatives from 17th, 18th, 20th and 49 Legislative Districts, Vancouver, WA- April 16, 2014
  • Clark County Association of Realtors Growing Clark County, "Where We Have Been and Where We Headed", Vancouver, WA- January 16, 2014
  • Building Industry Association of Washington Legal Trust Committee CLE, "2013-2018 Phase I Stormwater Permit: What it Does and Why the Appeals?", Semiahmoo Resort Blaine, WA- November 8, 2012
  • Building Industry Association of Clark County and Southwest Washington Contractors Association Lands for Jobs Forum, "The Development Game:  Timeframes and Other Considerations for Development", Vancouver, WA- October 3, 2012
  • Law Seminars International, "Statutory Takings in Washington and Oregon-Taking the Initiative: Would Washington Benefit from New Statutory Takings Law Given Oregon’s Experience?", Seattle, WA- May 30, 2012
  • Washington Department of Commerce (Formerly CTED), "Processing the Process:  The Legal Basis of Planning in Washington State", Washington Short Course on Planning Locations for Washington Department of Commerce- August 11, 2010
  • Miller Nash in House CLE, "Greenhouse Gases:  Climate Change the Law and You", Portland, OR- February 24, 2009
  • Washington Department of Commerce (Formerly CTED), "Processing the Process:  The Legal Basis of Planning in Washington State", Washington Short Course on Planning Locations for Washington Department of Commerce- November 5, 2008
  • Sterling Educational Services, Fundamentals of Real Estate Development CLE, "Navigating the Public Approval Process", Vancouver, WA- September 21, 2006
  • Sterling Education Services, Fundamentals of Real Estate Development CLE, "Fundamentals of Real Estate Development CLE", Vancouver, WA- September 13, 2005

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Client Raves

"Jamie has been a great partner for the past five years. He puts in the time and goes above and beyond to commit to us and to our industry. He is a genuine person who not only knows our industry and the laws associated with it, he is great at interacting and communicating with our members on industry-related legal issues."
— Building Industry Association