Washington Legal Roundup – Division I
Fun with LUPA (the Land Use Petition Act). The Stientjes wanted to build a carport in Thurston County. The neighbors didn’t like the idea because they thought it conflicted with the Critical Areas Ordinance. The neighbors didn’t appeal quite quickly enough and the superior court agreed. But wait…
…the administrative process was not yet final when the superior court determined that administrative appeal was time-barred. The superior court should not have done anything until the administrative process (in this case, that meant the Board of County Commissioners’ remand to a hearing examiner) was a “final decision.”
Note to people wanting to do stuff with their land (or oppose other people doing it): The courts can’t touch the issue until the entire administrative process is done. Good luck with that.