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August 04, 2017

Secure property rights are the key to conservation

Too often, property rights and conservation are treated as if they are in tension. But, in reality, property rights are a proven means to encourage responsible stewardship, resolve conflicts over limited resources, and empower environmentalists to protect resources they value. To achieve these positive environmental ends, however, property rights m ...

February 07, 2012

A musing on the destructive nature of government power

Good science fiction bends expectations in a way that encourages us to reexamine the way we think about things.  This morning, I finished Zero History, a noire thriller from science fiction great William Gibson (inventor of the term "cyberspace").  While primarily focused on the tension between cutting edge and mainstream culture in an age of ...

October 12, 2011

PLF asks U.S. Supreme Court to review Oregon unconstitutional exactions case

Author: Brian T. Hodges Today, PLF filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging it to review the unconstitutional exactions case, West Linn Corporate Park, L.L.C. v. City of West Linn.  The facts of the case are as follows.  The City of West Linn, Oregon, required West Linn Corporate Park to finance and ...

October 11, 2011

PLF asks U.S. Supreme Court to review big buffer case

Author: Brian T. Hodges Earlier today, PLF filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case, Kitsap Alliance for Property Owners v. Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board.  The petition asks the Court to review a Washington appellate decision holding that a city or county can force ...

August 19, 2011

Washington Supreme Court gives local land use planning a “benevolent gesture”

Author: Brian T. Hodges Yesterday, Washington's Supreme Court issued a short decision in Citizens for Rational Shoreline Planning v. Whatcom County, ruling that the State Department of Ecology is the entity ultimately responsible if a local government's shoreline master program violates the law.  A simple proposition that brings with it chill ...

August 09, 2011

A case of art imitating bureaucracy

Author: Brian T. Hodges Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of the TV series Breaking Bad.  For the uninitiated, this show chronicles the downward spiral of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with cancer.  Walt turns to a life of crime, manufacturing methamphetamine with the aim of ...

July 29, 2011

Growth management ruling exposes Washington’s east/west divide

Author: Brian T. Hodges Washington's Growth Management Act (GMA) envisions a scheme where every city and county, in every nook and cranny of the state, adopts land use regulations responsive to a host of general societal interests  (e.g, affordable housing, preserving property rights, protecting rural lands from urban development, protecting ...

July 12, 2011

The “poo”-lice state steps in it

Author: Brian T. Hodges Washington state is supposedly broke.  Lay offs, forced furloughs, shuttered libraries, and moth-balled parks.  But apparently, the state is not too broke.  The State's Department of Ecology recently shelled out $27,000 for Puget Sound Partnership, an environmentalist organization, to produce a neo-soul mus ...

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 ...

June 07, 2011

If a tree pollutes in the woods…

Author: Brian T. Hodges For years, Washington's Department of Ecology has been trying to determine the source of pollutants entering Puget Sound.  The presumption, of course, has been that those dastardly humans who have the gall to live in a home and drive to work – god forbid that they take a trip to one ...

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