One of your columnists, Ed Sullivan, was asked to speak at a law school conference in Chicago recently. The conference was to commemorate The Quiet Revolution in Land Use Control which was published 40 years ago. That book was one of three significant publications which, taken together, led to a significant change in the way land use controls are seen in the United States.
Lauer v. Pierce County, 157 Wash. App. 693, 238 P3d 539 (2010) involved a county hearings examiner grant of a fish and wildlife variance to allow for the construction of a home in a stream buffer zone. A neighbor challenged the decision successfully in the trial court. The applicants appealed, contending that their rights vested in 2004 when they first filed a completed building permit application.
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