Washington Supreme Court: WDFW Has Authority Over Projects Above Ordinary High Water Marks
Posted on Friday, December 14, 2018 by Armand Resto-Spotts
The Washington Supreme Court confirmed the jurisdictional scope of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) over hydraulic projects, as authorized under the Hydraulic Project Act (HPA)...
Metro Council Approved Urban Growth Boundary Expansions
Posted on Friday, December 14, 2018 by Armand Resto-Spotts
Earlier this week, the Metro Council unanimously voted to approve four urban growth boundary expansions, totaling nearly 2,200 acres.  The approval opens up a generous amount of land for new d...
How to Sufficiently Argue Your Land Use Appeal: Division III Clarifies Scope of “Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies” Requirement
Posted on Friday, December 07, 2018 by Armand Resto-Spotts
In Washington, the Land Use Petition Act (RCW 36.70C, “LUPA”) governs judicial review of all “land use decisions.”  LUPA provides a strict, uniform process of procedure...
SCOTUS: ESA Critical Habitat Designations Must Be “Habitat”; Remands on Whether Unoccupied and Unsuitable Area Can Be Designated as Critical Habitat for Dusky Gopher Frog
Posted on Friday, November 30, 2018 by Armand Resto-Spotts
In a long-running, potentially monumental case regarding the scope of the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”), agency discretion and authority, and property rights, the U.S. Supreme Court un...
Women And Leadership 2: A Successful Jordan Ramis Event!
Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2018
We are thrilled to report that the 2nd Annual Jordan Ramis Women and Leadership event was a roaring success!  Like last year’s event, it was an evening full of inspiration, motivati...
Ninth Circuit Concludes Ordinances Prohibiting Camping in Public Places Without Any Alternative for Shelter Unconstitutional
Posted on Friday, November 09, 2018 by Armand Resto-Spotts
Earlier this fall, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard Martin v. City of Boise, a challenge from homeless individuals in Boise, Idaho against the City’s ordinance that made it a mis...
The DJC's 2018 Women of Vision: Women Making Strides in the Built Industry
Posted on Monday, November 05, 2018 by
Amy Robinson shares her perspective on the DJC's 2018 Women of Vision Awards night.
WA Supreme Court Confirms Application Fees are Subject to LUPA and 21-day Appeal Period
Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 by Armand Resto-Spotts
Earlier this month, the Washington Supreme Court affirmed that application fees, required as part of any standard land use or building permit application, are subject to the Land Use Petition ...
No Construction Experience Required: A Team Builder Day with Habitat for Humanity
Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2018
Jordan Ramis staff, friends, and colleagues rebuild a house.