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9 03, 2018

Condemnation and Eminent Domain FAQ

By | 2018-03-09T15:48:04+00:00 March 9th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Condemnation and Eminent Domain FAQ

While many people have heard the terms "eminent domain" or "condemnation," most people don’t know how to protect themselves when it happens to them. It can be intimidating when agents of the government show up at your front door, demanding that you sell them your land and threatening legal action if you do not. The [...]

7 03, 2018

Construction Delays

By | 2018-03-09T15:30:53+00:00 March 7th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Construction Delays

Construction delays can sometimes result in litigation for damages or a breach of contract action if the delay results in a significant loss of money to one or more party. If you suspect that a construction delay may be on the horizon for you, it is important to address it. Below, are some general recommendations [...]

7 03, 2018

Mechanics Liens

By | 2018-03-09T19:02:02+00:00 March 7th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Mechanics Liens

A mechanic’s lien is a type of lien used by contractors, subcontractors, or material suppliers to place an encumbrance on a piece of property until a debt is paid. For example, an individual who installs a new deck in someone else’s backyard could place a lien on the property that was improved (the entire parcel [...]

7 03, 2018

Conditional Use Permits

By | 2018-03-09T15:58:34+00:00 March 7th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Conditional Use Permits

The Truth about Conditional Use Permits Conditional use permits are often touted as a kind of exception to the zoning code for uses that are beneficial to the community. For instance, Tacoma’s conditional use pamphlet, still explains conditional use permits in this way. However, that is no longer the whole story. Today, conditional use permits [...]

7 03, 2018


By | 2018-03-09T16:22:18+00:00 March 7th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Rezoning

The Purpose of Zoning The purpose of zoning is to keep people from using their property in a manner that would adversely impact the surrounding area. For example, the purpose of a single-family zone is to keep people from constructing a factory or a big apartment complex in the middle of a neighborhood. Allowing these [...]

7 03, 2018


By | 2018-03-09T16:55:13+00:00 March 7th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Variances

What is a Variance? A variance is essentially a discretionary exception to one or more zoning requirements. Every jurisdiction offers a different array of variances under slightly different conditions. However, all variances operate by allowing property owners to use their property in a way that would otherwise contradict the zoning code. Purpose of Variances The [...]

7 03, 2018

Boundary Line Disputes

By | 2018-03-09T18:57:00+00:00 March 7th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Boundary Line Disputes

What are Boundary Line Disputes? The term “boundary line dispute” (also known as “property line dispute”) can refer to a broad array of disputes over the ownership of land. Typically, boundary line disputes arise from one of two sources: encroachment, or a problem with the recorded deeds. Encroachments: Encroachment occurs when one party’s recognition or [...]

7 03, 2018

Alternative Dispute Resolution

By | 2018-03-09T17:03:16+00:00 March 7th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Alternative Dispute Resolution

Land Use Dispute Resolution in Tacoma, Washington Resolving land use disputes in the State of Washington can be a lengthy and tedious process. A land development project often require a variety of different permits and approvals from numerous local, state, and federal agencies and authorities. To obtain each of these permits, you must first file [...]

7 03, 2018

Development Agreements

By | 2018-03-09T17:21:54+00:00 March 7th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Development Agreements

What is a Development Agreement? A development agreement is a voluntary contract that exists between a local municipality, such as a city or county, and a property owner whose land is located within the municipality’s jurisdiction. The development agreement contains the obligations of both parties and lays out the various standards and conditions that will [...]

7 03, 2018

Commercial Lease Disputes

By | 2018-03-09T18:59:48+00:00 March 7th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Commercial Lease Disputes

While Washington State law sets out some guidelines and protections regarding commercial leases and the commercial landlord-tenant relationship, the parties have the right to bypass many statutory protections through lease provisions. For this reason, when a dispute arises between a commercial landlord and tenant, the terms of the lease are often more impactful than state [...]