Land Use and Natural Resources Law
January 15th, 2020

Chong Yim v. City of Seattle, –Wn.2d–, 451 P.3d 675 (2019), also called Yim I, made headlines for its holding that Seattle’s first-in-time rule, which required landlords to rent to the first qualified applicant, was not facially unconstitutional. But it also made a huge change to Washington regulatory takings law by adopting the federal definition of regulatory takings…

July 24th, 2019

The City of Bellingham’s new short-term rental (“STR”) ordinance became effective on May 5, 2019. BMC 20.10.037. It places restrictions on the rental of rooms, accessory dwelling units, and homes on sites like Airbnb and VRBO. The City has created a helpful website describing the new regulations. All owners of STRs will need to obtain…

March 7th, 2019

Can you file a lawsuit against the property owner for your injuries, whether the owner is a public government entity or a private landowner?

February 28th, 2019

All real property conveyances in Washington must be done by written deed. RCW 64.04.010. Deeds often appear simple but are actually densely packed with important information. When conveying real property, we always recommend working with a title company or attorney because even the slightest error can have significant consequences. What are the different kinds of…

February 20th, 2019

A recent court decision is a good reminder of the importance of creating a record and property raising issue during open records appeals of land use and environmental permit decisions.

July 11th, 2018

If you’re considering building an ADU, renting out an ADU, or concerned about a neighbor’s ADU, read this blog for background, then call or visit your city or county’s permit office.

May 19th, 2018

When someone doesn’t like a neighbor’s tree, the first question they have is can they cut it down.

October 4th, 2017

This region has seen increasingly wet winters but increasingly dry summers, making storage of winter rainwater for use during the summer seem wise.

April 12th, 2017

The Washington Supreme Court recently issued a new decision on vesting of development rights in, Snohomish County v. Pollution Control Hearings Board, et al., case no. 92805-3.

April 30th, 2015

One important legal doctrine in the land use arena, which helps to prevent improper bias or prejudice by a decision maker, is the Appearance of Fairness doctrine.

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