Law Seminars International Presents

15th Annual Conference on the promises and challenges of the

Growth Management Act

New directives on density, traffic concurrency, affordable housing, critical areas regulation and other aspects of GMA implementation

November 13 & 14, 2006
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, real estate developers, city and county officials, planners, consultants, and those involved in managing growth and development in Washington

Why Attend

As local governments update their plans to meet statutory deadlines, the courts, legislature, and boards continue to provide new (sometimes conflicting) directives on density, traffic concurrency, affordable housing, critical areas regulation and other aspects of GMA implementation. Meanwhile the voters are considering the latest in the cycle of initiatives focused on the interplay of property rights and growth management. This two-day conference will provide a comprehensive update on this year's developments, including an early evaluation of the implications of the voters' decision on Initiative 933. ~ Program Co-Chairs: Jay P. Derr, Esq. and Eric Laschever, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~ Critical areas ordinance: updates & an in-depth look at the update process ~ New Department of Ecology wetlands guidelines in local ordinances ~ I-933: interpreting the voter's message and what it means for GMA implementation ~ Natural resource lands and rural lands issues ~ Practicing before the growth management hearings boards ~ New affordable housing legislation ~ Concurrency for state facilities ~ Multi-modal concurrency: response to the 2005 legislative session ~ Urban utility infrastructure ~ Land capacity requirements ~ Urban densities: what the law does and does not require ~ The legislative perspective

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ Excellent group of speakers! ~ Best GMA CLE I have attended. ~ Great job overall -- thank you! ~ I found this conference very interesting and informative. The speakers were generally well-prepared and presented well, and the level of expertise among the speakers and attendees was astounding. ~ Very good seminar, great speakers.


Monday, November 13, 2006

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:15 am Introduction & Overview
  Jay P. Derr, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Buck & Gordon LLP / Seattle, WA
  Eric Laschever, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives LLP / Seattle, WA
8:30 am Case Law Update
  Recent appellate court decisions
  Alan D. Copsey, Esq., Assistant Attorney General
Washington State Office of the Attorney General / Olympia, WA
9:15 am Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) Updates: What the Law Requires
  Overview of statute, regulations and significant hearings boards and court decisions to guide the CAO update process including integration of critical areas regulations and shoreline regulations
  Michael Charles Walter, Esq.
Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S. / Seattle, WA
10:00 am Break
10:15 am An In-Depth Look at the Critical Areas Ordinance Update Process
10:15 am     Dealing with Differences Between Best Available Science and Public Sentiment: The Actual CAO Update Decision-making Process
  David Gossett, Council Vice-Chair
Snohomish County Council, District 4 / Everett, WA
  Dow Constantine, Councilmember
King County Council / Seattle, WA
11:00 am     A BAS Example: Application of the New Department of Ecology Wetlands Guidelines in Local Ordinances
  Dyanne Sheldon, Natural Resources Manager
Otak / Kirkland, WA
  Erik Stockdale, Senior Wetlands Specialist
Washington State Department of Ecology / Bellevue, WA
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm I-933: Interpreting the Voter's Message: Recap of the Election Results and What it Means for GMA Implementation
  Peter L. Buck, Esq.
Buck & Gordon LLP / Seattle, WA
2:00 pm Natural Resource Lands and Rural Lands Issues
  Regulating natural resource lands, dedesignation of natural resource lands, rural character; Limited Areas of More Intensive Rural Development (LAMIRDS)
  Tim Trohimovich, Esq., Planning Director
Futurewise / Seattle, WA
  Ann M. Gygi, Esq.
Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson, P.S. / Seattle, WA
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Practicing Before the Growth Management Hearings Boards
  Jay P. Derr, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Buck & Gordon LLP / Seattle, WA
  Dennis A. Dellwo, Esq., Board Member
Eastern Washington Growth Management Hearings Board / Yakima, WA
  Margaret A. Pageler, Esq., Member
Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board / Seattle, WA
4:00 pm Moderated Break Out Sessions and Reception Sponsored by Jones & Stokes Associates, Inc., BHC Consultants, LLC, Buck & Gordon LLP, Stoel Rives LLP, and Mirai Transportation, Planning & Engineering
  (Choose one group to participate in)

  A. Critical areas ordinances, wetlands & shorelines, with
  Dyanne Sheldon, Natural Resources Manager
Otak / Kirkland, WA
  Erik Stockdale, Senior Wetlands Specialist
Washington State Department of Ecology / Bellevue, WA
  B. Transportation planning and concurrency, with
  Tom Noguchi, Principal
Mirai Transportation, Planning & Engineering / Kirkland, WA
  C. GMA ten-year updates: revising codes and comprehensive plans, with
  Lisa Grueter, Consultant
Jones & Stokes Associates, Inc. / Bellevue, WA
  Deborah Munkberg, AICP, Principal, Community Planning
Jones & Stokes Associates, Inc. / Bellevue, WA
  Anna Marie Nelson, AICP, Land Use Planner
Buck & Gordon LLP / Seattle, WA
  D. GMA comprehensive plans and development regulations, with
  Roger Wagoner, Director of Planning
BHC Consultants, LLC / Seattle, WA
  E. CTED guidance for GMA updates, with
  Leonard Bauer, Managing Director - Growth Management Program
Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development / Olympia, WA
5:00 pm Adjourn

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am New Affordable Housing Legislation
  What should be put in the affordable housing element of the GMA Comp Plan?
  Benjamin Gitenstein, Executive Director
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance / Seattle, WA
9:00 am Concurrency for State Facilities
  The Legislature has asked WSDOT to evaluate the GMA's provisions for concurrency and state facilities; The status of this study and possible changes to concurrency requirements
  Elizabeth Robbins, Transportation Planning Manager
Washington State Department of Transportation / Olympia, WA
  Ashley Probart, AICP, Transportation Coordinator
Association of Washington Cities / Olympia, WA
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Multi-modal Concurrency: Response to the 2005 Legislative Session
  What does it mean for local governments?
  King Cushman, Regional Strategy Advisor
Puget Sound Regional Council / Seattle, WA
10:45 am Urban Utility Infrastructure
  Annexations and obligations to serve the UGA; timing and sequencing of extensions; are GMHB decisions trying to "force" more utility planning and at what cost?
  Duana Kolouskova, Esq.
Johns Monroe Mitsunaga PLLC / Bellevue, WA
11:30 am Land Capacity Requirement
  Calculating land capacity for comprehensive plan updates: the interrelationship of GMA Sections 110, 130, 115 and 215 in the aftermath of Strahm v. Snohomish County and Strahm v. City of Everett
  Eric Laschever, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives LLP / Seattle, WA
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Urban Densities: What the Law Does and Does Not Require
  Peter J. Eglick, Esq.
Eglick Kiker Whited PLLC / Seattle, WA
2:00 pm Achieving Urban Densities and Beyond
  Regulation and design: Good and bad examples
  Mark Hinshaw, Director of Urban Design
LMN Architects / Seattle, WA
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm The Legislative Perspective on GMA
  The Hon. Joyce Mulliken, Senator 13th District, Deputy Republican Whip
Washington State Legislature / Olympia, WA
3:30 pm Getting to Court
  A description of the process; adding issues outside the original jurisdiction of the Hearings Board; appropriate deference given to the Board; other introductory matters
  Jennifer Dold, Esq.
Bricklin Newman Dold, LLP / Seattle, WA
  What judges need to know to understand the issues; the good, the bad and ugly when it comes to briefing an oral argument; perspectives on the decision making process
  The Hon. James H. Allendoerfer, Esq.
Snohomish County Superior Court / Everett, WA
  Issues on remand: When a case is sent back to the Hearings Board
  Edward G. McGuire, Esq., Board Member
Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board / Seattle, WA
5:00 pm Evaluations & Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $895 with a group rate of $795 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $695. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $447.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7, 2006. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a Homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 13.5 WA CLE credits and 13.75 WA AICP CPD Hours, 16 WA Appraiser and 16 WA Real Estate credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at 321 Mercer Street in Seattle, WA 98109. For sleeping room reservations, call the Marqueen Hotel (600 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle) directly at (888) 445-3076 for the special negotiated rate of $139 and mention that you are attending a Law Seminars International conference. Please book before October 29, 2006.
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $905. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your Homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

Jay P. Derr, Program Co-Chair, managing partner at Buck & Gordon LLP, practices as land use counsel for cities throughout Washington. He advises municipal clients on GMA planning and related appeals, and on permitting for large, controversial developments.

Eric Laschever, Program Co-Chair, principal in the areas of land use, environmental and hazardous waste law, heads Stoel Rives LLP's Seattle land use practice. He has advised private and public clients, including the State of Washington, on GMA implementation and compliance.

The Hon. James H. Allendoerfer is a Judge for the Snohomish County Superior Court. He was previously in private practice in Snohomish County with an emphasis on real estate, land use and municipal law.

Leonard Bauer is Managing Director of the Growth Management Program at the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development.

Peter L. Buck, founding principal of Buck & Gordon LLP, is known for his experience in real estate, land use, environmental law, and litigation; both at the trial and appellate court levels. He is a former Chair of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association.

Dow Constantine, thrice elected Councilmember on the King County Council, represents the communities of West Seattle, White Center, Burien and Vashon Island, and Chairs the Council's Growth Management and Unincorporated Areas Committee.

Alan D. Copsey, an Assistant Attorney General with the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, represents the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and the Growth Management Program in the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development.

King Cushman, Regional Strategy Advisor for the Puget Sound Regional Council, has experience in transportation and urban planning both in private sector consulting and local, regional and international public service.

Dennis A. Dellwo is the Attorney member for the Eastern Washington Growth Management Hearings Board.

Jennifer Dold, partner at Bricklin Newman Dold, LLP, represents individuals, municipalities, and environmental and neighborhood groups in land use and environmental cases. She often appears before environmental and Growth Management Hearings Boards in Washington.

Peter J. Eglick, principal in Eglick Kiker Whited PLLC, focuses on land use, environmental, administrative, and real property law. He counsels and represents municipalities, homeowners associations, and citizen groups.

Benjamin Gitenstein, Executive Director of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, is interested in finding the policy solutions necessary to ensure that everyone in the state has a safe, decent and affordable place to call home.

David Gossett, Council Vice-Chair of the Snohomish County Council, District 4, focuses on quality land use legislation, promoting economic development, and providing needed services efficiently. He chairs the Operations Committee, and is on the Public Works, Law & Justice/Human Services, Finance, and Planning Committees.

Lisa Grueter, consultant at Jones & Stokes Associates, Inc., works with Kitsap County and Snohomish County on 10-Year Comprehensive Plan Updates; and Cities of Sumner, Renton, and Kenmore on Plan Updates and Regulations/Implementation.

Ann M. Gygi, of Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson, P.S., focuses on land development, real estate, and environmental law. She counsels clients on the State Environmental Policy Act, the Growth Management Act and the federal Clean Water Act.

Mark Hinshaw, Director of Urban Design for LMN Architects, is responsible for projects in large cities, suburban centers, and small towns including downtown development, public spaces and pedestrian facilities, design-oriented codes and guidelines, and master plans for public facilities.

Duana Kolousková, partner at Johns Monroe Mitsunaga PLLC, represents a variety of private clients on land use, real estate, and construction issues. Ms. Kolousková represents developers, property owners and developer/builder organizations in all aspects of land use law.

Edward G. McGuire was appointed to the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board in 1996.

Joyce Mulliken, Senator of Washington's 13th Legislative District, is also the Deputy Republican Whip. Current standing committees include: Transportation; Water, Energy and Environment; Government Operations and Elections.

Deborah Munkberg, AICP, principal at Jones & Stokes Associates, is experienced in local government planning, including GMA comprehensive plans, regulatory updates and SEPA review for comprehensive plans.

Anna Marie Nelson, AICP, is a senior land use and environmental planner at Buck & Gordon LLP. She has extensive experience with growth management, planning, and land development issues.

Tom Noguchi, Principal at Mirai Transportation, Planning & Engineering, is known as a leading planning and concurrency expert, specializing in political decision-making and public process.

Margaret A. Pageler, member of the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board, is one of three administrative law judges ruling on local land use plans and regulations.

Ashley Probart, Transportation Coordinator for the Association of Washington Cities, is involved in transportation infrastructure studies and analyses.

Elizabeth Robbins, Transportation Planning Manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation, is responsible for the state's long-range transportation plan and related policy development.

Dyanne Sheldon, Natural Resources Manager at Otak's Kirkland office, is a wetland ecologist, biologist and certified teacher. Previously principal at Sheldon & Associates, Inc., she speaks often on land use and wetlands topics around the state.

Erik Stockdale, Senior Wetlands Specialist with Department of Ecology's Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, provides technical assistance to state and local agencies in wetlands ecology, management and regulation.

Tim Trohimovich is Planning Director for Futurewise, a citizen's group that promotes healthy communities and cities while protecting working farms and forests for this and future generations.

Roger Wagoner, Director of Planning at BHC Consultants, LLC, has assisted Washington cities and counties meet the mandates of the GMA and SMA.

Michael C. Walter, shareholder at Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S. defends local and state government in civil lawsuits and legal claims. His practice covers municipal, land use, regulatory, environmental, civil rights and tort-related issues.