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Code Enforcement Handbook For Municipalities

  1. Authority to Enforce the Code.

General.  The Washington Constitution provides that:  “[a]ny city, county, town or township may make and enforce within its limits all such local police, sanitary and other regulations as are not in conflict with general laws.”[1]

 Zoning.  Cities and towns in Washington […]

September 13th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Development Agreements to Mitigate the Impacts of Development (RCW 82.02.020) and “Discretionary” Development Agreements

by
Carol A. Morris
Morris Law, P.C.
3304 Rosedale Street N.W., Suite 200
Gig Harbor, WA 98380
253-851-5090

1 Speech delivered before the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys (2015).

A. What is a “Development Agreement?” A development agreement is a contract entered into between a property owner and a municipality to address […]

June 28th, 2016|Categories: Model Development Code|

Should Your City Change to a Hearing Examiner System?

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Carol A. Morris
Morris Law, P.C.
3304 Rosedale St. N.W., Suite 200
Gig Harbor, WA  98335
(253) 851-5090

In many cities, quasi-judicial land use project permit applications (conditional use permits, variances, preliminary plats, site specific rezones, etc.) are first given an open record hearing before the planning commission or board of adjustment.  […]

Concurrency and Moratoria

by
Carol A. Morris
Morris Law, P.C.
3304 Rosedale St. N.W., Suite 200
Gig Harbor, WA  98335
(253) 851-5090

I.          CONCURRENCY

A.        In General.  Concurrency ordinances are land use regulations designed to ensure that the necessary public facilities and services to support new development are adequate and available, based on adopted levels […]

Subdivisions – Recent Developments in Concurrency, Expiration of Approval, Completion and Maintenance of Public Improvements

by
Carol A. Morris
Morris Law, P.C.
3304 Rosedale St. N.W., Suite 200
Gig Harbor, WA  98335
(253) 851-5090

I.          Background. 

            Those cities and towns planning under the Growth Management Act[1] (“GMA”) must have transportation concurrency ordinances which allow the municipality to deny the development (under certain circumstances), based on the traffic generated […]

Moratoria Handbook for Municipalities

Association of Washington Cities
Risk Management Services Agency

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by
Carol A. Morris
Morris Law, P.C.
3304 Rosedale St. N.W., Suite 200
Gig Harbor, WA  98335
(253) 851-5090

INTRODUCTION

The focus of this Handbook is to provide guidance on moratoria.  Information has been included on the purpose of moratoria, the difference between the […]