Thursday, July 24, 2008

A Section of King County's Clearing and Grading Ordinance Struck Down by Court of Appeals

In an opinion filed July 7, 2008, the Court of Appeals, Division 1, struck down part of King County's clearing and grading ordinance (KCC 16.82.150, Clearing standards for individual lots in the rural zone) because it imposes an in kind indirect "tax, fee, or charge" on development, in violation of state law (RCW 82.02.020).

Kevin Hanson of The Enumclaw Courier Herald writes on the political fall out of the decision and reports that Supervision Sims says the county will appeal the decision.