Sandy Mackie has been a land use and
environmental lawyer for 35 years and has occupied leadership roles on the board
of the Land Use and Environmental Law section of the Washington State Bar
Association (WSBA) and as President of the Planning Association of Washington.
He has been a leader in land use education around the state, and authored the
initial “Short Course on Planning” for the Department of Community Development.
Most recently, Sandy was appointed chairman of the Association of Washington
Business (AWB) Land Use and Environmental Law committee, addressing legislative
policy issues across a wide span of topics. Sandy has served on the Washington
State Technical Advisory Group on climate change and is co-chairman of the
Commerce, Transportation, Housing and Energy subcommittee addressing climate
change response issues affecting manufacturing, commerce and housing. AWB has
also appointed him to the Land Use/Land Cover committee advising the Puget Sound
Partnership on target setting for the Partnership’s action plan. He is also
editor in chief of the WSBA update of the Real Property Deskbook, Volumes
5 - 7, on planning, development and environmental regulation.
Sandy has been active in shoreline development
related issues in Washington state for more than 35 years, including drafting
legislation and litigating a wide variety of issues through the Shorelines
Hearings Board and the courts. He is presently actively engaged in local Master
Program updates (the local development regulations for shoreline areas) in a
number of cities and counties under Washington State's Shoreline Management Act.
He was also involved in the legislative discussions leading to the development
of the state's Puget Sound Partnership Agency, which is an umbrella agency
focusing on development and restoration related issues for Washington's Puget
Sound, and is presently working on issues relating to the implementation of the
agencies Action Agenda. Sandy is a frequent speaker on shoreline development
related issues and continues to participate in legislative development through
his work with the AWB as past chair of their environmental law section.
Sandy has been involved in more than 20 appellate cases involving key land use and environmental law issues, including Division I and II at the Court of Appeals and the State Supreme Court. He is most active at the ground level, dealing with cities and counties, staffs, appeal boards and agencies; assuring proper implementation of the laws and regulations applicable to land, its use and regulation. Sandy's practice regularly involves environmental land use regulations and property entitlements under the State of Washington's complex land use regulations. He is actively involved in questions dealing with the state's Growth Management Act, State Environmental Policy Act and Shoreline Management Act. He represents clients at all stages of the proceedings for the acquisition and litigation of permits in cities and counties throughout the State of Washington, including related cases before all three Growth Management Hearings Boards before consolidation, Shorelines Hearings Board, Pollution Control Hearings Board and regional air quality authorities.