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 … ›

Seattle’s wheel of irony

Seattle’s newest waterfront attraction, the so-called “Great Wheel,” is a sadly ironic reminder of how truly messed up our priorities are in the Pacific Northwest.  At the same time that … ›

Fighting Washington’s shoreline land grab

Washington’s state and local governments are determined to take control over privately owned shorelines away from property owners. Over the past several years, we have seen wave after wave of regulations … ›

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 … ›

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 … ›

Victoria Luhrs wins 10-year battle to protect her Lummi Island home from shoreline erosion

Author: Brian T. Hodges Earlier this year, Whatcom County ended its decade-long legal battle to prevent Lummi Island resident Victoria Luhrs from building a shore defense work that is necessary to … ›

Finding a silver lining

Author: Brian T. Hodges Washington State requires local governments to continuously adopt, amend, and revisit their land use codes every 5-7 years to meet the moving targets of the state’s … ›

The people behind the caption

Author: Brian T. Hodges Last week, I wrote about PLF’s victory in the regulatory takings case, Dunlap v. City of Nooksack.  Well, I want to take a moment to recognize … ›

Court of Appeals: stream buffers took private property

Author: Brian T. Hodges Earlier this year, PLF stepped in to help Kipp and Marilyn Dunlap protect themselves against an uncompensated taking of their vacant residential lot in Nooksack, Washington … ›

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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 … ›

Seattle’s wheel of irony

Seattle’s newest waterfront attraction, the so-called “Great Wheel,” is a sadly ironic reminder of how truly messed up our priorities are in the Pacific Northwest.  At the same time that … ›

Fighting Washington’s shoreline land grab

Washington’s state and local governments are determined to take control over privately owned shorelines away from property owners. Over the past several years, we have seen wave after wave of regulations … ›

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 … ›

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 … ›

Victoria Luhrs wins 10-year battle to protect her Lummi Island home from shoreline erosion

Author: Brian T. Hodges Earlier this year, Whatcom County ended its decade-long legal battle to prevent Lummi Island resident Victoria Luhrs from building a shore defense work that is necessary to … ›

Finding a silver lining

Author: Brian T. Hodges Washington State requires local governments to continuously adopt, amend, and revisit their land use codes every 5-7 years to meet the moving targets of the state’s … ›

The people behind the caption

Author: Brian T. Hodges Last week, I wrote about PLF’s victory in the regulatory takings case, Dunlap v. City of Nooksack.  Well, I want to take a moment to recognize … ›

Court of Appeals: stream buffers took private property

Author: Brian T. Hodges Earlier this year, PLF stepped in to help Kipp and Marilyn Dunlap protect themselves against an uncompensated taking of their vacant residential lot in Nooksack, Washington … ›

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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 … ›

Seattle’s wheel of irony

Seattle’s newest waterfront attraction, the so-called “Great Wheel,” is a sadly ironic reminder of how truly messed up our priorities are in the Pacific Northwest.  At the same time that … ›

Fighting Washington’s shoreline land grab

Washington’s state and local governments are determined to take control over privately owned shorelines away from property owners. Over the past several years, we have seen wave after wave of regulations … ›

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 … ›

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 … ›

Victoria Luhrs wins 10-year battle to protect her Lummi Island home from shoreline erosion

Author: Brian T. Hodges Earlier this year, Whatcom County ended its decade-long legal battle to prevent Lummi Island resident Victoria Luhrs from building a shore defense work that is necessary to … ›

Finding a silver lining

Author: Brian T. Hodges Washington State requires local governments to continuously adopt, amend, and revisit their land use codes every 5-7 years to meet the moving targets of the state’s … ›

The people behind the caption

Author: Brian T. Hodges Last week, I wrote about PLF’s victory in the regulatory takings case, Dunlap v. City of Nooksack.  Well, I want to take a moment to recognize … ›

Court of Appeals: stream buffers took private property

Author: Brian T. Hodges Earlier this year, PLF stepped in to help Kipp and Marilyn Dunlap protect themselves against an uncompensated taking of their vacant residential lot in Nooksack, Washington … ›

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 … ›

Seattle’s wheel of irony

Seattle’s newest waterfront attraction, the so-called “Great Wheel,” is a sadly ironic reminder of how truly messed up our priorities are in the Pacific Northwest.  At the same time that … ›

Fighting Washington’s shoreline land grab

Washington’s state and local governments are determined to take control over privately owned shorelines away from property owners. Over the past several years, we have seen wave after wave of regulations … ›

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 … ›

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 … ›

Victoria Luhrs wins 10-year battle to protect her Lummi Island home from shoreline erosion

Author: Brian T. Hodges Earlier this year, Whatcom County ended its decade-long legal battle to prevent Lummi Island resident Victoria Luhrs from building a shore defense work that is necessary to … ›

Finding a silver lining

Author: Brian T. Hodges Washington State requires local governments to continuously adopt, amend, and revisit their land use codes every 5-7 years to meet the moving targets of the state’s … ›

The people behind the caption

Author: Brian T. Hodges Last week, I wrote about PLF’s victory in the regulatory takings case, Dunlap v. City of Nooksack.  Well, I want to take a moment to recognize … ›

Court of Appeals: stream buffers took private property

Author: Brian T. Hodges Earlier this year, PLF stepped in to help Kipp and Marilyn Dunlap protect themselves against an uncompensated taking of their vacant residential lot in Nooksack, Washington … ›