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Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment
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Chief Civil Deputy
Chair of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section
The Environmental and Land Use Law Section
Member, Executive Committee
Salish Law PLLC
Hastings College of the Law
Barbara was the principal guide for Snohomish County government with respect to adoption and implementation of Growth Management Act mandates from 1996 to 2007, in her capacity as lead land use attorney of the Office of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney (head of land use division 1996-2003; Chief Civil Deputy 2003-2007). Barbara litigated many of the County's threshold GMA decisions before the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board. As Chief Civil Deputy, Barbara managed this 42-person public law firm. She directed the County's legal representation for land use and environmental matters and a wide range of municipal law and tribal issues, as well as overseeing all tort and employment litigation for the County. She also represented the County in negotiations on large public private partnerships, such as the original agreement with Boeing to build the first 787 line in Washington State, the NASCAR proposal to build a track in Snohomish County, and siting the Brightwater regional wastewater treatment plant. She played a primary role in the County's response to the federal listing of Chinook salmon under the Endangered Species Act, rolling out a complete regulatory and operational response to the listing. She also guided the County's response to state permit requirements as they changed periodically under the National Permit Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). In addition, she has a great deal of experience in code drafting, particularly with respect to natural resources and critical areas codes. In 2007, the Snohomish County Council appointed Barbara as the County Hearing Examiner. In that position, she decided quasi-judicial cases concerning land use permits, environmental appeals, and code enforcement. She was an adjunct professor at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment teaching environmental and natural policy. Ms. Dykes served as Chair of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association in 2005-06. She is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars on a variety of land use and environmental law topics. Ms. Dykes is licensed to practice in Washington and Alaska. She is a cum laude graduate of Hastings College of the Law (University of California), where she was Senior Note Editor of the Hastings Law Journal and a 1066 Foundation Public Law Scholar. Upon graduation from law school, Barbara clerked at Division One of the Washington State Court of Appeals before starting her 20-year career in government. She served on the Purchase of Development Rights Oversight Committee for Whatcom County, which recommends purchase of development rights on agricultural land to the Whatcom County Council to help save working farm land.
08/03/10 - Snohomish County hearing examiner Barbara Dykes, who had been criticized by the development community for her rulings on planning and development issues, is leaving her position.
Her biggest decision was denying an application in 2008 by KRKO AM 1380 Everett to build radio towers outside Snohomish, citing health concerns for nearby residents. The County Council overturned her ruling and a Superior Court judge backed the council's decision. His wife, Barbara predeceased him on March 18. Prior to owning and turning CFAX into a very successful venture, he had served as sales manager at CKWX Vancouver. A celebration of life is scheduled for Friday, May 21 at Victoria Golf Club, 1110 Beach Avenue, Victoria from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Times-Colonist obituary
Barbara Dykes, co-founder of Salish Law, said estimated time
increases were calculated for the Bellingham area and she conceded they may not be accurate for all cities. "It does depend on the speed of the trains going through the jurisdiction," said Dykes.
The Center for Salish Community Strategies
Barbara is licensed to practice law in Washington and Alaska. She is a cum laude graduate of Hastings College of the Law (University of California), where she was Senior Note Editor of the Hastings Law Journal and a 1066 Foundation Public Law Scholar. Ms. Dykes served as Chair of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association in 2005-06. She is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars on a variety of land use and environmental law topics. Barbara was formerly, the Snohomish County Hearing Examiner, and served as Chief Civil Deputy and Chief of the Land Use Division of the Office of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney. She spent a total of 20 years practicing land use and environmental law on behalf of Snohomish County government. Barbara has resided in Whatcom County for twelve years and, prior to that, lived on Lopez Island. Barbara and Tom provide all of the services for the non-profit.
Barbara Dykes and Tom Ehrlichman formed Salish Law, PLLC, to combine 45 years of expertise in the practice of real estate, land use and environmental law. They are no longer taking cases and currently serve as co-executive directors of a Bellingham public-interest law firm.
Ms. Dykes and Mr. Ehrlichman brought their clients a deep understanding of real estate law and land use decision-making in northern Puget Sound. Their knowledge flows from both the municipal and private-sector perspectives. Their hard-won insight into the inner workings of agencies and in-depth knowledge of policymaking gives their clients an advantage. Tom and Barbara represented a broad spectrum of clients, including landowners, cities and counties, special purpose districts, churches, schools, corporations, investment partnerships, trade associations, neighborhood groups, and citizen advocates. Both Tom and Barbara were seasoned litigators who asserted client interests in court or through mediation. They both provided facilitation and mediation services to help resolve seemingly intractable disputes among competing stakeholders. Barbara is an experienced hearing examiner.