Supreme Court Sends Skamania County GMA Case Back To Trial Court

The Washington Supreme Court has remanded back to trial court claims by the groups Save Our Scenic Area and Friends of the Columbia Gorge that Skamania County is in violation of the state’s Growth Management Act by leaving 15,000 acres of privately owned forest land without a zoning designation.  Writing for the majority, Associate Chief Justice Charles Johnson dismissed County claims that the conservation groups’ lawsuit was untimely, saying failure to act claims in Growth Management Act issues can be brought any time after statutory deadlines.  Skamania County was required to complete a periodic review in December 2008.  He also wrote the groups’ claim under the Planning Enabling Act is also timely because the County did not create an actionable inconsistency existed until August 2012, when indicated the unmapped ordinances were no longer temporary.

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