Zoning Laws

7 03, 2018

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 [...]

Conditional Use Permits2018-07-06T18:20:25+00:00
7 03, 2018



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 [...]

7 03, 2018



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

Development Agreements


What is a Development Agreement? A development agreement is a voluntary contract 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 control development [...]

Development Agreements2018-05-02T15:21:10+00:00
7 03, 2018

Land Use & Zoning Law


Advising Developers and Owners Regarding Land Use, Zoning, and Permits in Pierce County At the Brink Law Firm, we understand that you want to put your property to productive use. You may want to build a house on vacant land, build an accessory dwelling unit above your garage, or obtain approval to develop hundreds of new [...]

Land Use & Zoning Law2018-05-03T14:31:22+00:00
7 03, 2018

Plat Attorneys


Across the country, the housing industry is booming, but the market in Tacoma and Seattle is especially hot. Many huge national and international entities call Seattle and Tacoma home. Our greatest regional employers include: Boeing, CHI Franciscan, Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Microsoft, University of Washington, Amazon, Providence Health & Services, Starbucks, and Weyerhaeuser. Their rapid expansion [...]

Plat Attorneys2018-05-02T15:30:37+00:00
7 03, 2018

Easement Attorneys


An easement is a non-possessory interest in real property that allows one or more person to use a piece of property for a specific purpose, even though he or she does not own the property. If this seems confusing, you are not alone. In this article, we will walk you through the most common types [...]

Easement Attorneys2018-07-03T14:52:47+00:00