Ann's practice emphasizes land use, real estate, and environmental law. She enjoys helping clients master the complexities of local, state and federal regulations that govern development projects of all sizes, and she is skilled in preparing development agreements to protect entitlements. Ann can assist clients with tools that improve environmental sustainability, including use of transferable development rights, conservation easements, reclaimed water systems and other techniques to accomplish low impact development. Before practicing law Ann worked for the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, and during a four-year leave from private practice served as General Counsel to Forterra (a regional NGO engaged in conservation and community building). Her broad experience provides an appreciation of the importance of understanding the client's business in order to provide top quality legal service.
Forterra — As General Counsel to Forterra, provided legal advice for the negotiation and execution of a purchase and sale agreement to acquire more than 50,000 acres of conservation land critical to the landmark Yakima Basin Integrated Plan. Coordinated legal strategies for multiple funding options, including ultimately assigning the PSA to the state for a successful closing in record time.
Quadrant Corporation — Provided legal counsel to Quadrant Corporation for Phase II of the Snoqualmie Ridge Master Planned Community, including coordinating environmental review, negotiating a development agreement, processing a petition for annexation, and obtaining necessary permits and approvals for the mixed use development. Snoqualmie Ridge II will add up to 2,150 new homes and significant parks, trails and open space to the existing Snoqualmie Ridge development. HCMP's work on the original Snoqualmie Ridge approvals included complex negotiations, agreements, and permits for the construction of new water and sewer systems, including a reclaimed water system for golf course irrigation, and provision of affordable housing.