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Recap of the PAW 2014 Conference »

Submitted July 1st, 2014

The Planning Association of Washington held its 2014 conference at the Lynnwood Convention Center on April 9-11.  In keeping with the conference theme (“The Rising Tide: Preparing for Economic Resurgence”) the event provided a series of provocative sessions, an inspring keynote speech by Milenko Matanovic, engaging mobile workshops, the venerable Short Course on Local Planning, and plenty of opportunities for networking with colleagues.  The entire lineup of activities that was conducted at the convention center is listed in the Conference Program.  Thanks to everyone–including sponsors, conference planning team members, speakers, attendees, and convention center staff–for making this a highly successful conference.

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PAW Land Use Boot Camps »

Submitted August 2nd, 2013

Designed for planning professionals, attorneys, elected and appointed local government officials, citizen activists and anyone else seeking a comprehensive understanding of the legal fundamentals involved in local land use permitting and planning.  Cost: $65 for PAW members, $85 for non-members.

Wenatchee:  Coming in 2014–Watch for updates at this website

> Click here for more information and to register

State Court of Appeals Rules on Vested Rights Doctrine »

Submitted July 31st, 2013

Division I of the state court of appeals recently issued a significant decision regarding the vested rights doctrine.  The court held that the doctrine is entirely statutory, with the statutory doctrine replacing, rather than supplementing, the common law (court-made) vested rights doctrine.  For more details regarding this ruling, see the report furnished on the Municipal Research and Services Insight webpage.

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