Land Use and Natural Resources Law
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.

February 4th, 2015

Typical boundary line issues include disputes about where exactly the boundary line is between two pieces of property and whether one owner is encroaching onto a neighbor’s property in some way.

October 30th, 2014

While there is great focus upon compliance with the SEPA process, the process helps insure that the purposes and policy of the Act are met.

October 17th, 2014

Timber trespass is serious in Washington. We love our trees here. As a result, harsh penalties are imposed on people committing timber trespass.

July 2nd, 2014

The Washington Court of Appeals recently held that timber companies cannot be held strictly liable for their timber harvest activities.

April 18th, 2014

Washington provides immunity from liability for unintentional injuries to landowners, public or private, who allow members of the public to use the land for purposes of outdoor recreation without charging a fee of any kind for the use.

January 10th, 2014

Conservation easements can be useful to protect or preserve forests, wetlands, wildlife habitat and agricultural land and generally benefit the public because the result is protection of these treasured areas.

January 11th, 2013

LUPA is the “land use petition act”, which is the short title for the statute (RCW 36.70C) which governs judicial review of land use decisions. In 1995, the Washington State Legislature adopted LUPA to provide direct judicial review of land use decisions.

September 24th, 2012

Rainwater harvesting is not specifically regulated by the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology). Ecology does have a policy which indicates that beneficial use of rainwater does not require a water right

July 30th, 2012

Owning an illegally created lot can lead to road blocks when it is time to develop the property.

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