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Land Use Case Law Update & Virtual Hearings

Friday, July 17, 2020
11 AM - 12 PM
Cost: $35
Credits: CLE, CML, Law CM - see below



Registration closes Thursday, July 16 at 12 pm. This webinar will be recorded, and all preregistered attendees will receive a link to view the recording. Read about scholarship opportunities.

Webinar Overview

This webinar will review recent land use cases applicable to Washington State, as well as cover the legal — and practical — aspects of holding virtual hearings as local governments adjust to manage risks associated with the spread of COVID-19. 

Educational Objectives

Panelists will explore recent land use cases and provide practical advice and guidance to help local governments improve their land use regulation. They will also discuss the legal and practical issues involved in virtual hearings, which can help to maintain critical agency operations during the pandemic.

Who Should Attend?

Planners, attorneys, and local government appointed and elected officials, as well as anyone who possesses a basic understanding of Washington's land use laws and is interested in current developments in land use court opinions.


  • Vanessa Dolbee, Planning Manager, City of Renton. Vanessa has worked in the City of Renton’s Planning Department for the 12 years. Prior to this, she worked for Grant County for a limited duration of one year. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Bolder with a bachelor’s degree from the school of Architecture and Planning, in Environmental Design, with an emphasis on Landscape Planning and a Minor in Geography.  
  • Phil Olbrechts, Attorney, Olbrechts and Associates, PLLC. Phil is heavily involved in local government, currently serving as hearing examiner for 14 municipalities, alternate examiner for 4 others, and land use counsel and city attorney for 4 cities. He writes about land use law and is the editor of the Short Course on Local Planning, published by the Washington State Department of Commerce. He has taught several land use courses at the University of Washington and frequently makes presentations on land use law throughout the state.
  • Jill Dvorkin, Legal Consultant, MRSC (Moderator). Before coming to MRSC, Jill worked for nine years as a civil deputy prosecuting attorney for Skagit County where she advised the planning department on a wide variety of issues including permit processing and appeals, Growth Management Act (GMA) compliance, code enforcement, SEPA, public records, the legislative process, and public records.


Refund policy: Refunds of the webinar fee will be provided minus a $5.00 administrative fee if registration is canceled by 12 PM on Thursday, July 16, 2020. If you are registered for the webinar and unable to attend, you will still be able to view the recorded webinar afterwards. However, if you cancel your registration, you will not receive a link to the recording.