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Land Use Case Law Update – Winter 2022

Thursday, December 8, 2022
12 PM - 1 PM
Cost: $40 (Scholarships Available - See Below)
Credits: CM Law, CLE (Pending Approval)



Registration closes on Wednesday, December 7 at 5 PM. All registrants will also receive a link to view the webinar recording.
We can only provide certificates of attendance to those who register and attend the live webinar.

Webinar Overview

Which recent court decisions might impact your local government’s regulatory or legislative efforts when it comes to land use and management? What trending topics might be impacting your agency in the near future? Join our panelists to learn more!

Educational Objectives

This webinar will review land use cases applicable to Washington State, including the most recent regulatory, legislative, and case law developments that every seasoned land use practitioner should know. Our panelists will also provide practical advice and guidance to help local governments improve their land use regulation and prepare for potential changes.

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.


  • 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. 
  • Emily Terrell, AICP, Director of Planning and Building, City of Buckley. Emily Terrell has been a planner, hearing examiner, appraiser and technical writer in Washington for 20 years. She recently became the Director of Building and Planning for the City of Buckley. Buckley is experiencing an historic building boom that will see the city grow by over 30% in the span of a few years. Ms. Terrell is also the Principal of Sound Municipal Consultants. Formed in 2015, SMC is a planning and administrative consulting firm that has worked on a wide variety of long-range planning studies, code development and project management contracts and served as a contract planner for municipalities throughout Western Washington. Though her focus has shifted, Ms. Terrell remains the contract planning director for the Towns of Carbonado, Wilkeson and South Prairie. She has also been a frequent hearing examiner pro tem for Olbrechts and Associates since 2006.
  • 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.


This training is eligible for:

Training Scholarships

  • The Washington Counties Risk Pool (WCRP) will provide one (1) training scholarship per member-county for this webinar. Those wishing to take advantage of the offer are asked to contact your county risk manager to request the registration code before you register. To learn if you are a WCRP member or if you have questions about scholarship opportunities, please contact
  • Washington Cities Insurance Authority (WCIA) Members: This MRSC webinar qualifies for reimbursement under WCIA’s Training Reimbursement Program and is eligible for reimbursement. Program can be applied under the entity’s annual 1 percent training reimbursement allotment. Requestors must confer with their entity’s assigned WCIA Delegate and/or Alternate for reimbursement authorization. Requests must be submitted through the WCIA Origami Member Portal by the designated Origami user. All 2022 reimbursement requests are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2022. For questions about reimbursement or determining your WCIA Delegate, Alternate or Origami user, contact WCIA Member Services at
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Payment Policy: Payment for this webinar is completed online by credit card only. If you need to be billed, there will be a $5.00 administrative fee added to your registration fee. Please contact if you need to request an invoice for this webinar.

Refund Policy: Refunds of the webinar fee will be provided in full if registration is canceled before Wednesday, December 7 at 11:59 PM. After that, refunds will be provided minus a $5.00 administrative fee up until the start of the webinar. Please contact if you need to request a refund on the morning of the webinar.

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.