Law Seminars International Presents

An Annual, Intensive Two-Day Conference on

Land Use in Washington

The Latest in Planning and Project Permitting

April 16 & 17, 2007
Sheraton Hotel in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, real estate professionals, landowners, developers, government and tribal officials, planners, consultants and engineers

Why Attend

"While I-933 has come and gone, many of the tensions remain. Property owners wanting to develop their land encounter increasing regulations adopted to respond to growth. These include GMA regulations and state and federal rules enforced to protect salmon and other species. Many communities are in the midst of second or third rounds of revisions to growth management act plans and regulations, and are discovering what worked before no longer seems to be adequate. Many of the inter-relationships between shoreline programs and growth management programs are uncertain and unresolved. New stormwater and wetland regulations are taking effect. Best available science continues to change and, typically, to require ever-increasing protections. These problems, and the laws adopted to address them, are posing new challenges for local communities struggling to plan for growth. Bringing a high level of expertise to land use and regulatory issues in Washington, this conference is intended not just for lawyers, but also for land owners, developers, government staff and officials, and others working, or interested in, negotiating the intricate and overlapping regulations that apply to almost any use of real property. ~ Program Co-Chairs: Eric S. Laschever, Esq. and Jay P. Derr, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~ LUPA: What is the scope of available relief? ~ The Hearing Examiner role in land use decisions ~ New developments in Wetlands & Stormwater ~ The Endangered Species Act's Section 7 Consultation Requirement ~ Shoreline Inventorying update ~ Reinventing the urban center - 3 examples ~ Application of the new Department of Ecology Wetlands Guidelines in Local Ordinances ~ Tribal roles in Washington land use ~ Practice before the GMH Boards ~ Regulation and designation of natural resource lands ~ The working farms and forests initiative and property rights after I-933 ~ What CTED is recommending, rural lands, amendments to CAOs with regard to GMA ~ Recent state Supreme Court decisions on land use and GMA

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ This is valuable to better understanding of topics especially those critical areas such as shorelines ~ Brisk, interesting and thought provoking ~ I will make this CLE a priority to attend every year! ~ Very informative, particularly for future reference


Monday, April 16, 2007

8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Jay P. Derr, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Buck & Gordon LLP / Seattle, WA
  Eric S. Laschever, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives LLP / Seattle, WA
8:45 am What is the Washington State Supreme Court Thinking About Land Use and GMA?
  A look at recent State Supreme Court decisions for insight into what the Court is doing with land use and GMA issues
  Jay P. Derr, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Buck & Gordon LLP / Seattle, WA
9:30 am Local Government and GMA Updates: What is Required, What has Worked and What has Not
  What CTED is recommending
  David Andersen, AICP, Plan Review and Technical Assistance Manager
Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development / Olympia, WA
  Rural lands: What we can learn from Thurston County's experience with initial adoption and recent updates to its Comprehensive Plan
  Richard L. Settle, Esq.
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA
  CAO: What can we learn from the City of Kent's experience with adoption of amendments to its Critical Areas Ordinance?
  Michael C. Walter, Esq.
Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S. / Seattle, WA
10:45 am Break
11:00 am Property Rights After I-933
  Working farms and forests initiative
  John Mankowski, Environmental Policy Lead
Washington State Governor's Executive Policy Office / Olympia, WA
  Issues underlying I-933 and potential areas for reaching a consensus
  Eric S. Laschever, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives LLP / Seattle, WA
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Resource Lands
  Regulating natural resource lands and designation of natural resource lands; Lewis County's experience with economic factors and agricultural land designation
  Eric Johnson, Assistant Executive Director
Washington State Association of Counties / Olympia, WA
2:15 pm Practice Before the Boards
  Telling the story, condensing and organizing the record; effective advocacy; appropriate intervention; what constitutes additional evidence of substantial assistance to the Board; jurisdictional issues; multiple compliance rounds; to stay or not to stay
  Jay P. Derr, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Buck & Gordon LLP / Seattle, WA
  Central Puget Sound
  Julie Ainsworth-Taylor, Esq.
Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board / Seattle, WA
  Eastern Washington
  John Roskelley, Board Member
Eastern Washington Growth Management Hearings Board / Yakima, WA
  Western Washington
  James J. McNamara, Esq., Board Member
Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board / Olympia, WA
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Tribal Roles in Washington Land Use
  Growth management, shorelines management and fisheries resource management; update on Alexanderson vs. Board of Clark County
  Ann E. Tweedy, Esq.
Kanji & Katzen, P.L.L.C. / Seattle, WA
  Scott Andrews, Esq., Environmental Management Coordinator
Swinomish Office of Planning & Community Development / La Conner, WA
4:30 pm The New Department of Ecology Wetlands Guidelines
  A BAS Example: Application of the New Department of Ecology Wetlands Guidelines in Local Ordinances
  Dyanne Sheldon, Manager, Natural Resources Group
Otak / Kirkland, WA
  Erik Stockdale, Senior Wetlands Specialist
Washington State Department of Ecology / Bellevue, WA
5:30 pm Informal Q & A with Speakers

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Reinventing the Urban Center - 3 Examples
  Rainier Valley
  Steve Johnson, Acting Director
City of Seattle Office of Economic Development / Seattle, WA
  Everett Riverfront
  Craig H. Shrontz, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Bellevue, WA
  Gary P. Long, Municipal Consultant, Former City Manager
Gary P. Long Consulting / Seattle, WA
9:45 am Break
10:00 am Shoreline Inventorying Update
  Overview of the legal requirements for shoreline inventorying
  Nicole Faghin, Esq., Director of Planning and Environmental Services
Reid Middleton / Everett, WA
  Perspectives on how local governments are updating their shoreline Management programs to comply with the new shoreline guidelines; lessons learned from early adopters; impact of more money for shoreline reviews as part of the Puget Sound Initiative
  Hal H. Hart, AICP, Director of Planning and Development Services
Whatcom County / Bellingham, WA
  Harry Reinert, Esq., Special Projects Manager
King County Department of Development and Environmental Services / Renton, WA
11:15 am The Endangered Species Act's Section 7 Consultation Requirement: Strategies and Tools
  A refresher on new developments and the latest best practices
  Cherise M. Oram, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Seattle, WA
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Wetlands & Stormwater
  Proposed new nationwide permits
  Amanda M. Carr, Esq.
Buck & Gordon LLP / Seattle, WA
  Phase 2 NPDES requirements
  Jeff B. Kray, Esq.
Marten Law Group / Seattle, WA
  Putting the wetlands/stormwater pieces together
  James A. Tupper, Jr., Esq.
Mentor Law Group, PLLC / Seattle, WA
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm The Hearing Examiner Role in Land Use Decisions
  Meredith A. Getches, Esq.
Meredith A. Getches, Attorney & Counselor at Law / Seattle, WA
3:30 pm Land Use Petition Act - What is the Scope of Available Relief?
  Overview: procedural pitfalls, standards of review, strategies for the litigator
  George A. Kresovich, Esq.
Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson, P.S. / Seattle, WA
  Relief issues raised by the Wal-Mart decision
  Eric S. Laschever, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives LLP / Seattle, WA
4:30 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, April 10, 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 13 WA CLE credits. WA AICP, Appraiser and Real Estate credits are pending. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel at 1400 Sixth Avenue in Seattle, WA 98104. Call the hotel directly at (206) 621-9000 for reservations. Rooms are on a first come, first served indvidual 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, Program Co-Chair, managing partner at Buck & Gordon LLP, practices in land use and environmental law and serves as Special Land Use Counsel for cities and counties throughout Washington. He is named in "The Best Lawyers in America."

Eric S. 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 advises private and public clients including the State of Washington on GMA implementation and compliance and NEPA and SEPA requirements in major project permitting.

Julie Ainsworth-Taylor is law clerk for the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board, partner with Toweill Rice Taylor LLC, and treasurer of the Hearing Examiners Association of Washington.

David Andersen, Plan Review and Technical Assistance Manager for the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development's Growth Management Services office, oversees CTED's review of local planning, tracks local progress on updating comprehensive plans and regulations as required by the GMA.

Scott Andrews, Environmental Management Coordinator for the Swinomish Department of Planning and Community Development, is responsible for environmental regulation and enforcement, policy and ordinance development. He was Legal Council for the Natural Resources Committee of the Nebraska Legislature.

Amanda M. Carr of Buck & Gordon LLP counsels private and municipal clients on land use and environmental law issues, including GMA, SMA, permit approval, and strategic planning. She was a Community Land trust extern for the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board.

Nicole Faghin is Reid Middleton's Director of Planning and Environmental Services and is project manager for master planning, environmental documentation, and permitting of shoreline projects.

Meredith A. Getches, sole practitioner, provides hearing examiner services to local jurisdictions in the Puget Sound region. She was a hearing examiner for the City of Seattle from 1990 to 2003.

Hal H. Hart is Director of Whatcom County Planning and Development Services and was recently placed in the "Transportation Planning Hall of Fame" for serving with the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Task Force through three different Governors.

Eric Johnson was appointed Assistant Executive Director for the Washington State Association of Counties in December 2005. Previously he was Lewis County Commissioner, has worked for the cities of Chehalis and Bellingham, and was Assistant Director for the Washington State Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation.

Steve Johnson, Acting Director of the City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development, has led the City's efforts to support the redevelopment of Seattle's Rainier Valley. As the City of Seattle's federal lobbyist and legislative aide to Congressman Jim McDermott, he worked on national environmental and transportation policy including the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Jeff B. Kray is a partner at Marten Law Group focusing on water resources, water quality, and environmental, civil, and appellate litigation. Previously, as an Assistant Attorney General with the Washington AGs Office, he represented the Department of Ecology and other state agencies. He is named "Super Layer" by Washington Law & Politics.

George A. Kresovich, partner, Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson, P.S., specializes in land use and environmental law. He represents controversial projects at contested administrative hearings before local governments and state agencies and litigates in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Washington Law & Politics names him a "Super Lawyer."

Gary P. Long, Municipal Consultant, Former City Manager, has worked in city management since 1970. He currently volunteers as a board member for the Highline Historical Society and is active in Discover Burien and the Highline Community College Foundation.

John Mankowski, Environmental Policy Lead for the Governor's Executive Policy Office, focuses on natural resource policy issues and coordinates policy with state agencies: DNR, WSDA, WDFW, Conservation Commission and IAC. He chairs the Washington State Invasive Species Council and represents Washington on the Northern Spotted Owl Recovery Team.

James J. McNamara, Board Member, Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board, was appointed in October 2006. He was an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Vancouver, where he advised the Long Range Planning Services, Development Review Services and Transportation departments.

Cherise M. Oram practices at Stoel Rives LLP in federal environmental and natural resources law, with an emphasis on endangered species and hydropower dam relicensing. She was chair of the ABA Endangered Species Committee and worked in the NOAA Office of General Counsel.

Harry Reinert, Special Projects Manager of the King County Department of Development and Environmental Services, works on ESA, environmental and legislative issues.

John Roskelley was appointed by Governor Locke to the Eastern Washington Growth Management Hearings Board in October 2004. Previously he was Spokane County Commissioner.

Richard L. Settle, of counsel at Foster Pepper PLLC, and Professor of Law, University of Puget Sound Law School, practices in land use, environmental, municipal law.

Dyanne Sheldon, manager of Otak's natural resource group, is founder of Sheldon & Associates, Inc. and a wetland ecologist, biologist and certified teacher.

Craig H. Shrontz, partner, Perkins Coie LLP, specializes in real estate and property development transactions, commercial leasing and transactions, entity and joint venture formation and organization and project finance transactions. He is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America."

Erik Stockdale, Senior Wetlands Specialist with the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program of the Washington State Department of Ecology, provides technical assistance to state and local agencies in wetlands ecology, management and regulation. He represents the agency as a wetlands expert in enforcement actions, hearings, and other legal proceedings.

James A. Tupper, Jr. is a principal at Mentor Law Group, PLLC, where he practices environmental law with an emphasis on water quality, stormwater regulation, water resources, and shoreline development. Previously he served on the Pollution Control Hearings Board. Washington Law & Politics names him a "Super Lawyer."

Ann E. Tweedy practices Indian law with Kanji & Katzen, P.L.L.C. and was a Tribal Attorney with the Office of the Tribal Attorney for the Swinomish Tribe. She works on Federal cases involving hydropower licensing issues; litigation involving the effects of mercury emissions on tribal communities, and litigation regarding subsistence hunting and fishing rights of Alaska Natives.

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. Washington Law & Politics names him a "Super Lawyer."