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Faster Plan Review Turnarounds Are Within Your Reach

Faster Plan Review Turnarounds Are Within Your Reach

August 27, 2018 by Rich Conrad
Category: Subdivisions and Planned Developments

Guest author Rich Conrad presents a 4-step approach to plan reviews might be the key to helping you end backlog burdens and produce faster results.

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What are “Land Use Control Ordinances” for Purposes of Subdivision Application Vesting?

What are “Land Use Control Ordinances” for Purposes of Subdivision Application Vesting?

February 11, 2015 by Bob Meinig
Category: Subdivisions and Planned Developments , Vested Rights

Photo courtesy of Ann Walsh.

Note: In December 2016, the Washington Supreme Court issued a significant decision interpreting the statutory vested rights doctrine and further clarifying the term “land use control ordinance” in the vesting statutes. For more information, see Read more


The Deadline for Filing for Final Plat Approval and the Vesting Period for Final Plats – the Rules Change Once Again

June 6, 2013 by Bob Meinig
Category: Subdivisions and Planned Developments

In my blog post of June 12, 2012, I discussed the 2012 Legislature’s amendment to RCW 58.17.140 extending the time period after preliminary plat approval within which a subdivider has to file for final plat approval, two years after the Legislature’s previous extension of that time period. The 2013 Legislature has, effective July 28, 2013, once again amended that statute and extended that time...

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Planned Unit Developments - Real World Experiences

November 1, 2012 by Bob Bengford
Category: Subdivisions and Planned Developments , Planning Advisor

The concept of planned unit developments has been around now for quite some time. Most cities and counties in Washington have adopted planned unit development ordinances. Much has been written over the years about the technical and legal nature of PUDs. This article, however, takes a look at how some of these ordinances are working in the real world. What are the major issues and challenges? Are...

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The Deadline for Filing for Final Plat Approval – the Rule Keeps Changing!

June 19, 2012 by Bob Meinig
Category: Subdivisions and Planned Developments

With new legislation changing (again) the rule for how long after preliminary plat approval an applicant has to file for final plat approval, I thought it would be a good time to review that rule. 
As set out in RCW 58.17.140, a plat applicant has a certain period of time after receiving preliminary plat approval within which to file for final plat approval; preliminary plat approval...

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