Article Title

Phoenix Rising? The Washington Land Use Act

Publication Title

Urban Law Annual


The value of an examination of the Washington Land Use Act, apart from the historical context, lies in its being an embodiment of the realization that prevention of "irreparable damage to natural assets which are of great importance to the people of the state" can be accomplished only by efficient land use management. It is how this realization was arrived at and pursued that is of value. As a result this piece aims first at pointing out the confused state of land use planning in Washington State, and follows with an examination of the drafting process of a possible legislative remedy. Finally, significant concepts of the proposed bill and its progeny, and areas that it left untouched, are discussed, followed by an evaluation of the Washington Land Use Act in retrospect.