Environmental and Land Use
At Helsell Fetterman we understand the environmental and land use challenges and pitfalls you face in doing business and using land in Washington State. We guide you through the numerous rules and regulations, and help you make the right choices with practical and cost-effective solutions.
We have broad experience helping industrial and commercial businesses in dealing with environmental regulation, permitting, compliance and proactive planning. We have extensive, “hands on” litigation experience in matters involving government enforcement (including Superfund), and private lawsuits brought under state and federal environmental laws. We have successfully represented clients facing environmental proceedings in the aluminum, steel, maritime, and petrochemical industries, as well as many small businesses.
We also have extensive experience and legal expertise in land use planning, zoning, subdivision, permitting, water pollution, stormwater, wetlands and other environmentally sensitive areas, water rights, transportation planning, and eminent domain (condemnation). We have represented all parties involved in land use matters—including landowners, businesses, municipalities, citizen groups, and homeowner associations—over the full range of regulatory and administrative issues that arise in the use of real property and development of private and public projects.
We also handle private matters affecting property use or ownership including construction, boundary disputes, adverse possession, covenant disputes, and other issues involving homeowner associations. At our law firm, the same attorney involved in the initial planning stages of a project stays on the case through all administrative and judicial appeals, providing the highest level of service and commitment to the client.