Land Use and Environmental Seminar — recap
On February 25, 2010, Bricklin & Newman held a Land Use and Environmental Law Workshop in Spokane, Washington to celebrate the opening of our Spokane office. The workshop included a presentation on the Washington State Growth Management Act, ch. 36.70A RCW, presented by David Bricklin; an overview of the legal process of appealing land use decisions presented by Claudia Newman; and a look at several other environmental laws, including Idaho land use laws, presented by Rick Eichstaedt.
In his presentation on the Growth Management Act, David Bricklin provided significant detail about the many provisions of the Act, addressing its applicability and coverage in the state as well as its substantive requirements. He explained the goals of the act and the planning process associated with its provisions. Mr. Bricklin provided in depth information concerning the requirements around urban growth boundaries, rural lands, critical areas, and traffic concurrency. Claudia Newman presented an overview of the Washington State Land Use Petition Act and provided the steps necessary for successful involvement in a local land use process. The focus of her presentation was primarily on understanding the significance and role of the administrative record in a land use appeal. She explained how to approach building evidence and presenting a case on a land use matter before a local jurisdiction. Rick Eichstaedt presented a summary of Idaho’s Local Land Use Planning Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and The Federal Clean Water Act. He provided a general outline of each of these laws, including a summary of the processes associated with each of them.