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BPA Reinforcement Preferred Alignment
Posted on Friday, November 16, 2012
The Bonneville Power Administration (“BPA”) announced their preferred alignment for the I-5 Reinforcement project today.  The site contains a map along with other critica...
Housing Recovering Faster Than Expected?
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2012
CNN money posted an interesting article this morning, which suggests that housing will reach peak levels by 2015.  Furthermore, the article suggests what many of us in the indus...
Did Camas and Ridgefield Annexation of Property Render the Western Washington's Growth Management Hearings Board Decision Regarding the Lands Comprehensive Plan Designation Moot?
Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Washington Supreme Court took up this question last month in oral arguments which can be seen here.  The case stems from a Division II Court of Appeals ruling in which the Court sua sponte...
Rethinking Impact Fees: What Impact Did These Fees Have on the Housing Crisis?
Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012
 Part II: Government remains addicted to impact fees.  Why may you ask?  Simply put, it is easier for elected and public officials to local jurisdictions to impose and raise impac...
Development Agreements: The 21st Century Will Be About Contract Zoning Part I
Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I.  Introduction Developers who spent months and possibly years on a project and have invested a tremendous amount of capital on architectural plans, engineering, environmental studies, req...
Gray is the New Green: The Silver Lining in Our Aging Population
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012
“Nothing is certain in life except death and taxes[1].”   To which we can add the corollary: ”and aging.”  Baby Boomers, a major segment of U...
Ecology Issues New NPDES Phase I and Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permits
Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012
Ecology announced today that they have issued new NPDES permits.  Phase I jurisdictions will be required to meet the standards of the modified permit by August 1, 2013.  A more complete a...
Dirt Law Blog's Purpose
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Yesterday I was pondering a quote by one of my favorite authors, Ralph Waldo Emerson.  He said, “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions.  All life is an expe...
Rethinking Impact Fees: What Impact Did These Fees Have on the Housing Crisis? PART ONE
Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012
Part I:  Introduction and BackgroundWith this housing crisis there is plenty of blame to go around.  One could point to the exuberance of home builders, the credit markets that fueled the...
Streamlining Development Bill Passes Washington Senate
Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012
House Bill 1717, which passed the House unanimously on March 8 just passed the Washington Senate unanimously in a 48-0 vote with 1 excused absence.  This bill will allow countie...
Interesting New Data on Housing from the Obama Administration
Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Here you can find the March scorecard from the Department of Treasury and the Department of Housing and Urban Development regarding their efforts to calm the housing crisis.  According to...
Six-Year Building Code Cycle
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Currently, the State Building Code Council reviews and updates all the state building codes on a three-year cycle. They were last updated in 2009 and again in 2012. Builders emerging from the reces...