Category: Land Use

What Is An Easement?

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An easement essentially allows one party to use land that does not belong to them. Commercially speaking, this could mean a property owner allows another party to use their property for specific purposes. For example, a roadway could be used by an easement holder to access their property, for delivery purposes, or other reasons. When…

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Administrative and Land Use Appeals Jump to Appellate Courts

On May 12, 2021, Governor Inslee signed SB 5225, streamlining the process for taking administrative and land use appeals directly to the Washington Court of Appeals. This change in the law, which goes into effect June 13, 2021, will improve landowner, developer, applicant, and opponent access to a swift, efficient appellate review. This should make…

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Changes are coming, get ready for graduated Real Estate Excise Tax

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Happy New Year to all from HLG!  As we start into a new year and new decade, we want to advise you as to an increase in real estate excise tax (REET) paid upon closing real estate transactions. For larger transactions this increase is substantial. Clark County Treasurer, Alisha Topper, has provided us the following…

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New Rules for Existing HOAs

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By:  Maren Calvert As the year ends and homeowners’ associations and condo associations work to pass their budgets for the next year, please note: Under recent legislation, associations are required to give residential owners the opportunity to reject every proposed budget. A failure to provide this opportunity to will mean the budget is VOID. The…

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Zoning attorneys: What they do, and why they do it

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Zoning Attorneys Zoning law is one of the more complex and fascinating — not to mention ever-changing — areas of law practice. The authority to adopt, approve and/or change zoning laws is a significant governmental power. That means zoning attorneys are right in the thick of the action when it comes to working with clients to…

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Growth & Prosperity in Clark County: Keeping Pace

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The Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) recently published an “Employment Lands Study” white paper, summarizing the most sophisticated and detailed study to date addressing the challenges associated with ensuring a sufficient long-term supply of land available for jobs in our community. You can read the white paper here. This two-part project involved a study…

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Welcome to our New Blog!

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We’re particularly excited about relaunching this blog as it coincides with our updated website. In our Blog, we’ll share with you information about what we love to talk about most:  Business, Real Estate, Land-Use, Government Relations and our Southwest Washington community. This Blog is for you if: You are a business owner, own, develop, lease…

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Now It’s ALTA-NSPA Land Title Surveys—ALTA-ACSM Are No More

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What we previously referred to as an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey was, as of February 23, 2016, changed to an “ALTA/NSPS Land Survey”. In 2012, the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (“ACSM”) merged into the National Society of Professional Surveyors (“NSPS) and, in early 2016, the NSPS published revisions to survey standards.  As a…

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