Looking for an attorney with a broad range of experience and knowledge in land use law? Carol has spent the last 27 years handling land use administrative actions before city councils, hearing examiners, the Growth Management Hearings Boards, the Shoreline Hearings Board, Pollution Control Hearings Board, as well as land use litigation in the Washington and federal courts. During that time, Carol has represented clients in over 150 lawsuits involving appeals of local land use decisions, most involving substantial damage claims. Many of these land use lawsuits were successfully settled without payment of monetary consideration on either side. Read Carol’s article, “Settling Land Use Litigation: Swords into Ploughshares,” posted on this site.
In the last 27 years, Carol has served as the city/town attorney or assistant city attorney for over 20 cities. Carol has also provided services as special legal counsel to over 20 other cities and towns throughout Washington. These services have involved the provision of legal opinions and pre-litigation advice on a number of municipal issues, such as street vacations, binding site plans, vesting, storm water, takings, damage claims, administrative appeals, etc. Carol has also been a frequent speaker at conferences for municipal and land use attorneys, on a number of subjects, such as development agreements, impact fees, concurrency, permit conditioning, regulatory takings, SEPA and other aspects of project permit processing.
Our land use and zoning legal services have ranged from code enforcement actions to the defense of city officials in a $66 million damage lawsuit based on land use decision-making. We can provide advice/opinions on permit processing, handle administrative appeals, assist city councils in land use hearings, draft the findings of fact and conclusions for a decision or provide land use training to your land use decision-makers and staff. Recently, Carol has drafted model ordinances for cities to address medical and recreational marijuana licensing and zoning. She also has written a “soup to nuts” article on Marijuana Regulation in Washington, which she frequently updates as new events unfold. Read Carol’s article “Medical and Recreational Marijuana Uses – Local Regulation,” posted on this site.
Is your development code kept up-to-date with the latest legislative activity and developments in case law? With our Model Code Service you can keep the sections in your code that are unique to your city, town or county, while keeping current with the fast changing laws of Washington. Let us fold in a model code to deal with the language in the code that must be consistent with state law. We can also add language to make the code easier to understand and implement for the public, your staff and officials. And, the municipality can keep the code up to date by subscribing to a service that will provide model ordinances for adoption, when changes are made to the law by the Washington Legislature or the courts. Take a look at the Model Development Code Section on this site for more information and to get a cost estimate for your municipality.