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Mercer Island Boot Camp »

Submitted June 10th, 2016

For those of you who attended the Land Use Boot Camp in Mercer Island on June 10, 2016, thank you for your participation!  The concept of the Land Use Boot Camps was created by the Planning Association of Washington 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.  The Mercer Island Boot Camp was sponsored by Washington Cities Insurance Authority (WCIA) and the Department of Commerce.  WCIA graciously provided two reimbursed registrations per WCIA member.  A summary of the topics that were addressed at this event are identified in the Mercer Island Land Use Boot Camp Agenda.

The materials presented at this Boot Camp can be accessed at the links below.
The First Amendment and Planning – Missal
Case Law Updates – Olbrechts
Liability Prevention in Permitting Review – Walter
Marijuana and Zoning – Mendoza
Sign Code Updates – Bengford
Sign Code Case Law – Kenny
Sign Code Case Law – Reed v Town of Gilbert – Kenny
Tovar Boot Camp GMHB Review

Come Celebrate the 100th Eastern Washington Planners Forum on July 27 »

Submitted June 7th, 2016

The Eastern Washington planners forum coming up on July 27 at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake is a special one because it marks the 100th meeting in this illustrious string of educational sessions.  In addition to several informative presentations focused on building healthy communities, this event will include a celebration of Washington’s longest-running forum series–complete with special guests and cake!  Those who wish to attend are encouraged to RSVP to Department of Commerce Senior Planner Dee Caputo at dee.caputo@commerce.wa.gov.  For more information, check out the Eastern Washington Planners Forum Agenda–Summer 2016.

Thanks for a Successful PAW 2016 Spring Conference! »

Submitted April 27th, 2016

Thanks to all who participated in the Planning Association of Washington’s 2016 conference, held on April 20-22 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Everett.  We heard from a number of attendees that the conference provided numerous educational and networking activities, including mobile workshops at the Boeing plant and Lynnwood city center, excursions to the Everett waterfront and Hibulb Cultural Center, an inspiring keynote address from Everett City Council Member Paul Roberts, and many informative track sessions.  Look to this website for updates on conference materials as we accumulate them.

Thanks also to our event sponsors, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Transportation.  PAW would not be able to offer high quality educational offerings like this without your support.

Next year’s conference in tentatively planned for early May in Chelan.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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