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February 05, 2013

Kitsap County rejects non-conforming use designation for shoreline homes

For nearly a decade, PLF was locked in litigation with Kitsap County over its critical areas ordinance.  Although the ordinance was ultimately upheld, we scored quite a few wins along the way. One of those wins may have turned the tide on a growing trend among local governments of addressing conflicts between homes and newly ...

April 06, 2012

What we won in Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court denied PLF's petition for a writ of certiorari in the case, Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners v. Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board – a case that challenged Kitsap County's adoption of regulations that require shoreline property owners who seek building permits to dedicate significant portions ...

March 26, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court declines review of PLF’s big buffer case

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied PLF's petition for a writ of certiorari in the case, Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners v. Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board.  The petition asked the Court to consider whether a Kitsap County regulation requiring that shoreline property owners who seek building permits dedicate signif ...

July 27, 2011

Victories and unanswered questions in buffer appeal

Author: Brian T. Hodges Earlier today, the Kitsap Sun published an op-ed that I co-authored with Jackie Rossworn, executive director of Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners.  The op-ed highlights several property rights victories and important issues that remain unresolved after Washington's Supreme Court declined to review the Kitsap County bi ...

July 12, 2011

Washington Supreme Court denies request to review the constitutionality of big buffers

Author: Brian T. Hodges Earlier today, Washington's Supreme Court denied PLF's petition raising a facial challenge to the constitutionality of big, mandatory buffers in the case, Kitsap Alliance for Property Owners v. Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board.  This case arises from Kitsap County's adoption of a critical areas ordi ...

June 14, 2011

Washington Supreme Court sets conference date for PLF’s big buffer case

Author: Brian T. Hodges Big buffers may be the easiest way for government to protect environmentally sensitive areas, but that does not mean they are necessary – let alone lawful.  Arguing that big buffers are necessary to assure that land use activities do not harm the environment is like arguing that government can decrease the ...

December 14, 2010

Rank, rotten, and foul! Kitsap County’s prosecutor uses shoreline buffers to make sure his neighbor can’t build his home

Author: Brian T. Hodges To borrow from Shakespeare, something is rotten in the County of Kitsap.  The County's elected prosecutor is living the American dream.  He has a fully developed waterfront property with a large home set back approximately 50 feet from his bulkheaded shoreline.  In other words, the prosecutor's home breaks ...

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