Law Seminars International Presents

The Annual Two-Day Conference on Washington's

Growth Management Act

Recent and emerging regulatory, legal and business developments

November 15 & 16, 2007
Red Lion Hotel in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, real estate professionals, city and county officials, planners, consultants, and everyone else involved in managing growth and development in Washington

Why Attend

As the Growth Management Act steadily matures from legislative amibition to regulatory reality, legal, market and political demands continue to shape its implementation. Growing bodies of experience and case law under the GMA bring new insight to previous questions of land preservation and regulatory compliance. At the same time, issues such as GMA deference and Bright Line standards, critical areas, rural comprehensive planning and transportation concurrency remain pressing and unresolved. On Day 1, our distinguished faculty will focus on King County's precendent-setting efforts to factor in global warming consequences in managing local growth, the latest in GMA case law, current advice for negotiating the Critical Areas Ordinance and Best Available Science standards in multiple counties, insight drawn from the experiences of early adopters of Shoreline Master Prorgrams, changes in Bright Line requirements, the political context surrounding GMA implementation, and ongoing developments in rural land-use regulation. On Day 2, we will address transportation concurrency requirements, funding and guidance for practice before the Growth Management Board Hearing. Capping the seminar will be a regulatory roundtable on the future of governmental GMA priorities. This outstanding program will offer a comprehensive update on developments in growth management for all land-use professionals navigating future GMA developments. ~ Jay P. Derr, Esq. and Eric Laschever, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

~Climate change and land-use ~Recent and pending GMA case law ~CAO and BAS updates ~The status of SSB 5248 ~Lessons from Early Shoreline Master Program adopters ~GMA deference and Bright Line Rules ~Political realities of implementing GMA ~Rural land planning, density and natural resource activities ~Funding and concurrency for transportation facilities ~Practical tips for practice before The GMHB ~Top 10 Agency priorities for the GMA


Thursday, November 15, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview
  Eric Laschever, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives LLP / Seattle, WA
  Jay P. Derr, Esq., Program Co-Chair
GordonDerr LLP / Seattle, WA
8:45 am Climate Change and the Land-Use Planning Agenda
  An update on state, county and city initiatives
  Eric Laschever, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives LLP / Seattle, WA
9:30 am GMA Case Law Updates
  Recent developments from the state appellate courts, including a look at pending issues
  Alan D. Copsey, Esq., Assistant Attorney General
Washington State Office of the Attorney General / Olympia, WA
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) Updates and Best Available Science at the Local Level
  What range of local discretion is really available? Guidance for a local record to address BAS and unique local circumstances
  Douglas Peters, Senior Planner
Washington State Department of Community, Trade & Economic Development / Olympia, WA
  City of Mount Vernon
  Jana Hanson, Director, Community & Economic Development Dept
City of Mount Vernon / Mount Vernon, WA
  Lyndon C. Lee, Ph.D., Principal Ecologist & VP, Ecosystem Science & Restoration Services
WSP Environmental Strategies LLC / Seattle, WA
  City of Shelton
  Steve Goins, Director of Community and Economic Development
City of Shelton / Shelton, WA
  Island County
  Keith W. Dearborn, Esq.
Dearborn & Moss PLLC / Seattle, WA
12:30 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:45 pm Lessons Learned from the Shoreline Master Program Early Adopters
  Guidance based on early adopters' experience
  David Sherrard, Planning Consultant
Parametrix, Inc. / Bellevue, WA
  Peter Skowlund, Senior Environmental Planner
Washington State Department of Ecology / Olympia, WA
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm GMA Deference: What's Happening to Bright Line Rules?
  The requirement to "show your work": Urban and Rural Densities; the Litowitz Test, market factor and land capacity analysis; what are the Growth Management Hearings Boards doing with Bright Lines after the Viking Properties Supreme Court decision?
  Jay P. Derr, Esq., Program Co-Chair
GordonDerr LLP / Seattle, WA
3:30 pm Practical and Political Realities of Implementing GMA
  The Hon. Dow Constantine, Councilmember
King County Council / Seattle, WA
4:15 pm Rural Lands Issues
  Trends in rural comprehensive plan elements: Limited Areas of More Intensive Rural Development (LAMIRDS); what's happening with rural densities and natural resource activities in the rural environment
  Alexander "Sandy" W. Mackie, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Olympia, WA
5:00 pm End of Day One

Friday, November 16, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview
  Jay P. Derr, Esq., Program Co-Chair
GordonDerr LLP / Seattle, WA
  Eric Laschever, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives LLP / Seattle, WA
8:45 am Funding and Concurrency for Transportation Facilities
  GMA Impact Fees; SEPA mitigation payments; other funding strategies; concurrency as applied: Does concurrency run afoul of the Constitution?
  Grace T. Yuan, Esq.
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP / Seattle, WA
  Duana Kolouskova, Esq.
Johns Monroe Mitsunaga PLLC / Bellevue, WA
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Tips for Practice Before the Growth Management Hearings Board
  Environmental groups
  J. Richard Aramburu, Esq.
Aramburu - Eustis Law Offices / Seattle, WA
  Private Sector
  G. Richard Hill, Esq.
McCullough Hill, PS / Seattle, WA
  Public sector
  John R. Moffat, Esq., Supervising Attorney - Civil Unit
Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney's Office / Everett, WA
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Top Ten Agency Policy Priorities for the GMA
  Moderated panel presentation from potential stakeholders' perspective
  Jay P. Derr, Esq., Moderator, Program Co-Chair
GordonDerr LLP / Seattle, WA
  Samuel L. Anderson, Esq., Executive Officer
Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties / Bellevue, WA
  Leonard Bauer, Managing Director - Growth Management Services
Washington State Department of Community, Trade & Economic Development / Olympia, WA
  Brian T. Hodges, Esq.
Pacific Legal Foundation / Bellevue, WA
  Tim Trohimovich, Esq., Planning Director
Futurewise / Seattle, WA
  Dave Williams, Municipal Policy Associate
Association of Washington Cities / Olympia, WA
  Dan Wood, Director of Local Affairs
Washington Farm Bureau / Lacey, WA
3:30 pm Evaluations and 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 Friday, November 9, 2007. 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 11.75 WA CLE credits, 14 WA Appraiser, 14 Real Estate credits and 11.75 AICP CM credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Red Lion Hotel at 1415 Fifth Avenue in Seattle, WA 98101. Call the hotel directly at (206) 971-8000 for reservations. Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.
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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, managing partner at GordonDerr LLP, practices in land use and environmental law and is special land use counsel for cities and counties throughout Washington. He is named in "The Best Lawyers in America" and a "Super Lawyer" by Washington Law & Politics.

Eric Laschever, a principal with Stoel Rives LLP in land use, environmental and hazardous waste law, focuses on helping private and public clients secure the federal, state and local land use and environmental permits and approvals needed to implement large infrastructure, energy and other complex projects. He is named a "Super Lawyer" by Washington Law and Politics.

Samuel L. Anderson, Executive Officer of the Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties, is involved in local land use public policy decisions and participates in legal actions regarding the Growth Management Act.

J. Richard Aramburu, partner at Aramburu - Eustis Law offices, practices real property and environmental law. He co-wrote chapters on Zoning and Land Use Appeals in WSBAs Real Property Deskbook and is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Washington Superlawyers.

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

The Honorable Dow Constantine, Councilmember on the King County Council, represents West Seattle, White Center, Burien and Vashon Island and chairs the Council's Growth Management and Unincorporated Areas Committee.

Alan D. Copsey, Assistant Attorney General with the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, advises and represents the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Keith W. Dearborn, partner at Dearborn & Moss PLLC, specializes in environmental and planning issues in the Pacific Northwest. He wrote chapters on Development Rights and the Growth Management Act in the Bar Association Real Property Deskbook.

Steve Goins, Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Shelton, oversees long-range planning and GMA compliance for the city. He has public and private sector experience planning and implementing master-planned developments and coordinating with state and federal agencies.

Jana Hanson, Director of the City of Mount Vernon Community and Economic Development Department, is responsible for reviewing and permitting all development activity within the city.

G. Richard Hill, founding principal of McCullough Hill, PS, practices land use, zoning and growth management law and has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Seattle and in the Top 100 Lawyers in Washington Law & Politics.

Brian T. Hodges, staff attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, concentrates on property rights issues, land use, growth management, regulatory takings and eminent domain abuse. He represents clients against governmental deprivations of due process and property rights.

Duana Kolouskova, partner at Johns Monroe Mitsunaga PLLC, represents developers, property owners and developer/builder organizations on land use, environmental and real estate issues. She advises on legislation, policy and long range planning issues.

Lyndon C. Lee, Ph.D., Principal Ecologist and Vice President with WSP Environmental Strategies LLC, co-leads the Ecosystem Science and Restoration Services Group specializing in wetland and river science, conservation biology, design/build approaches to ecosystem restoration and regulatory assistance.

Alexander "Sandy" W. Mackie, partner at Perkins Coie LLP, practices land use, environmental and municipal law. His clients include counties and private companies dealing with complex permitting and Growth Management related issues.

John R. Moffat, head of the Land Use Unit of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Civil Division, provides legal advice and representation to Snohomish County Council, Snohomish County Department of Planning and Development Services and Snohomish County Public Works Department relating to land-use issues.

Douglas Peters, Senior Planner with Growth Management Services of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, works with Clallam, Jefferson, Skagit and Whatcom Counties on GMA planning issues to assist local governments protect environmental resources and maintain public health and safety.

David Sherrard, Planning Consultant with Parametrix, Inc., focuses on local government planning and regulatory programs. Previously he was a local jurisdictions planner for cities and counties and reviewed shoreline permit proposals and developed environmental regulations.

Peter Skowlund, Policy Analyst with the Washington State Department of Ecology's Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, is responsible for implementation of Shoreline Management Guidelines.

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.

Dave Williams is a Municipal Policy Associate at the Association of Washington Cities responsible for issues in the legislature and among client cities.

Dan Wood, Director of Local Affairs for Washington Farm Bureau, is a participant in the Ruckelshaus Center discussions focused on fact-finding and voluntary programs that benefit agriculture and the environment.

Grace T. Yuan, partner at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates & Ellis LLP, practices in land use, municipal and education law. She assists cities, school districts, and counties with drafting impact fee ordinances.