“A Short Course on Local Planning”
6:30 – 6:40 WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS – Janet Rogerson
6:40 – 7:40 THE LEGAL BASIS OF PLANNING IN WASHINGTON STATE – Jay Derr
The statutory basis of planning in Washington State, Constitutional issues in land use planning, the Open Public Meetings Act, the Appearance of Fairness Doctrine, conflicts of interest, quasi-judicial and legislative functions of the planning commission, ex parte communications and how to deal with them, the conduct of meetings, the uses (and misuses) of email, and recent case law affecting land use planning.
7:40 – 7:55 BREAK
7:55 – 8:00 ANNOUNCEMENTS – Janet Rogerson
8:00 – 8:30 COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING BASICS – Steve Butler
An overview of the basic components of a comprehensive plan, including the goals of the plan, the basic elements which need to be addressed, the concepts of consistency and concurrency, and suggestions for involving citizens in the planning process.
8:30 – 9:00 PLAN IMPLEMENTATION AND THE ROLE OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION – Dave Osaki
The tools and techniques available for implementing the comprehensive plan, discussion of the role of the planning commission, how to develop good working relationships among the planning commission, elected officials, and planning staff, and suggestions for holding effective meetings and hearings.
9:00 – 9:30 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS – Everyone
Janet Rogerson, Senior Planner
Growth Management Services
Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development
PO Box 42525
906 Columbia St SW
Olympia, WA 98504
Jay P. Derr, Attorney at Law
Managing Partner – GordonDerr LLP
2025 First Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98121-3140
Steve Butler, FAICP, Director of Planning & Community Development
City of SeaTac
4800 S. 188th Street
SeaTac, WA 98188
David Osaki, AICP, Deputy Director
City of Lynnwood
19100 44th Avenue W.
PO Box 5008
Lynnwood, WA 98046-5008