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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...
CREDC Calls For Washington to Streamline Permitting Process
Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012
The Columbia River Economic Development Council has issued a call to action to streamline Washington’s permitting system.  They essentially state that protecting the environment and econ...
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...
Are There Enough Lots? Part II
Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Just one day after writing a blog post on the Portland metro area running out of residential lots, the news keeps coming in that housing may be turning the corner and is heading for a strong&n...
Are There Enough Lots?
Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012
In the past two months, the local real estate market has started to do some very interesting things.  We are beginning to witness the turn away from already-built subdivisions to subdivisions ...
Is Washington Becoming Oregon?
Posted on Friday, June 08, 2012
Here is a little musing for Friday.  Last week I participated in Law Seminars International’s continuing legal education course on takings law.  I discussed whether or not Wash...
Case Shiller May Report
Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Looking at the Case Shiller report this month it appears that the housing recovery is slowly taking shape, albeit inconsistently.  The Portland/Vancouver market appears to have exper...
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...
Stormwater Jails vs. LID
Posted on Monday, May 07, 2012
Here is an article that appeared in the Vancouver Business Journal highlighting some of the concerns that Low Impact Development (“LID”) techniques may force upon development proje...
A Short and Sweet Housing View
Posted on Friday, May 04, 2012
A friend shared this blog with me which explains the economy in 70 words or less daily.  Yesterday the blogger, Dr. Eisenberg, looked at housing.  This seems to go along wi...
Clark County Passes Economic Development Incentives
Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2012
The Clark County Board of Commissioners took an extraordinary step last night passing five distinct ordinances designed to spur job creation and development in Clark County.  First, the County...
Clark County Revises Engineering Fees
Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Effective April 30, 2012, Clark County adopted revisions to its development engineering fee table.  These revisions impact all development engineering areas including preliminary and final eng...
Los Angeles Leading Infill Solutions?
Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012
A friend who recently attended the American Planning Association national conference in Los Angeles came back with some interesting information. Before I explain what he saw, I must say that I owe ...
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...
New U.S. Supreme Court Wetlands Case
Posted on Monday, April 16, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a decision in the closely followed Sackett v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency case.  The Court agreed with arguments contained in two...
Plat Extension Time In Washington Again
Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012
The Washington legislature passed House Bill 2152 and Governor Gregoire signed it into law on March 29.  2152 will extend approvals for short plats and subdivisions located inside ci...
Clark County New Final Plat Recording Procedure
Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Clark County adopted a new final plat recording procedure in order to ensure compliance with the requirements of RCW 58.17.  The Board of County Commissioners will now sign final plats during ...
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...