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Ms. Barbara Dykes

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Attorney

Salish Law PLLC
2050 Newmarket Street Suite 101-242
Bellingham , Washington 98226
United States

Company Description: Salish Law provides the highest quality municipal and private-sector legal representation covering the complete spectrum of land use, environmental, and real estate...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Examiner
    HEARING EXAMINER
  • Hearing Examiner
    Snohomish County, Washington
  • Chief Civil Deputy
    Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • Hearing Examiner
    Snohomish County
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
    Snohomish County
  • Examiner
    Snohomish County Hearing Examiner

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Hastings College of the Law
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Barbara Dykes, co-founder of ...
flannerypubs.com, 14 Oct 2012 [cached]
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.
8/2/10 (Mon) News & Weather: Hood ...
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8/2/10 (Mon) News & Weather: Hood Canal oysters, dispersants, gusher kill, Elwha R., organic wilt, Barbara Dykes, Harbor-Works, climate change, Kiket Is., construction storm water
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Hearing Examiner Barbara Dykes had been criticized by the development community for her rulings on planning and development issues.
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The County Council earlier this month gave Barbara Dykes a $10,000 contract to allow her to finish work in August. Then her responsibilities will pass on to someone else.
About Us
www.salishlaw.com, 19 April 2011 [cached]
        Barbara Dykes        
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.
The Dec. 7 ruling from King ...
www.heraldnet.com, 17 Dec 2009 [cached]
The Dec. 7 ruling from King County Judge Paris Kallas overturned an order from Snohomish County hearing examiner Barbara Dykes.
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Dykes said she couldn't approve the first application, despite the county planning department's endorsement. Instead, she ordered an environmental study showing the cumulative impact of all nine applications. She sent the project back to county planners twice this spring, in April and May.
In October, Dykes for a third time told county planners to do more work. That time, she specified that she wanted an environmental impact statement, a formal study that can take months and cost thousands of dollars.
The King County judge's recent decision said Dykes can't do that - and even called her action illegal.
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Dykes had no comment Wednesday.
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Dykes, a former chief civil deputy prosecuting attorney for the county, has been singled out by developers for criticism of the role she plays in the county's land-use decisions. Many people who have opposed large developments, however, have praised her rulings.
Hearing Examiner Barbara ...
www.snohomishcountybusinessjournal.com, 2 Aug 2010 [cached]
Hearing Examiner Barbara Dykes had been criticized by the development community for her rulings on planning and development issues.
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The County Council earlier this month gave Barbara Dykes a $10,000 contract to allow her to finish work in August. Then her responsibilities will pass on to someone else.
"In the end, it wasn't a good fit for her," County Councilman Dave Somers said. "She seemed frustrated with PDS (the planning department) and with the council, and I think it was a time to make a change there."
Dykes, 51, couldn't be reached for comment Friday.
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Dykes was named hearing examiner in 2007. Before that, she worked as a Snohomish County deputy prosecuting attorney and helped write many of the laws she would later interpret as hearing examiner.
Her tenure was marked by a series of complex, contentious issues.
Though the development community strongly criticized her, Dykes also won the respect of people who believed she was one of the few officials willing to challenge county planners for being too lax with building rules.
Dykes made her biggest decision in 2008 by denying an application to build two radio towers outside Snohomish for use by KRKO radio, citing health concerns for nearby residents.
The County Council overturned her ruling and a Superior Court judge backed the council's decision.
The same year, she turned down a senior center's plan to build apartments near Warm Beach. In that decision, Dykes accused county planners of deliberately misreading the code in a way that allowed the group trying to build the apartments to unfairly transfer allowed building densities among different parcels. She later apologized for using such strong language.
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Dykes had wanted more study because the developers were trying to build several other subdivisions on parcels adjacent to the one with 49 homes. In total, there would be hundreds of homes. Dykes reasoned that to be allowed to build the 49-home subdivision, the developers should be required to study impact of all the others.
Some on the County Council still believe the type of cumulative analysis for adjacent developments that Dykes requested should be part of county code.
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Thank you, Barbara Dykes Your service to Snohomish County will be greatly missed.
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Dykes, if you were to ever run for County Council or Executive, you'd have my vote. You had done a much better job in your role than these so-called "representatives of the people".
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It is very sad to see the way that Ms. Dykes has been handled by County officials from the Executive's odious management of PDS to the County Council's underappreciation of what Ms. Dykes was clarifying for them. I believe that that Ms. Dykes, as a former member of the prosecuting attorney's staff, wrote the language of much of the land use code, that as hearing examiner she was trying to enforce. In case after case she demonstrated full understanding of code complexities in relation to state enviromental laws (SEPA). It is terrible that she was constantly villified by the Master Builder's for doing her job. Her well-written rulings were always entirely defensible.
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Barbara Dykes, an Honest Hearing Examiner As a former County Employee, I am saddened to hear that Barbara Dykes has been the scapegoat for angry developers who have a vested interest in seeing that the Planning Department remains lax with its implementation of County Land Use Code. Barbara knows the law like few others and did her best to enforce its provisions through her office of the Hearing Examiner. The citizens of the County are not well-served by her dismissal, nor is the natural environment and quality of life enjoyed by all County residents.
The need to examine cumulative impacts under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) is a crucial element of that law, that only makes sound land use sense. If this is not done, the environment suffers through the death of a thousand cuts, as will be situation in the Seven Lakes area.
My hat is off to you Barbara for standing up for what is right under the law........
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Re: Barbara Dykes, an Honest Hearing Examiner Barbara got ahead of the law, and it was too costly when her incorrect decisions lost in court, and were over-turned by Judges.
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If Ms. Dykes had learned to play golf and booze and schmooze with the Master Builders, or, foster an atmosphere of sexual harrassment in PDS, or, exchange collusional e-mails between the county exec. and certain council members over Fully Contained Communities, maybe she would have more friends in PDS and the council.
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Barbara is the latest and largest casualty of Snohomish county's STUCK land use system. She is, or should I say was, a breath of fresh air who actually LISTENED to the citizens who took time to participate in Hearings. Those citizens were trying to address the betterment of their community with legitimate issues that were ignored at the county level in favor of developer's promises and the long standing 'good ol' boy' system of doing business in Snohomish County. She fought the GOOD FIGHT on behalf of the land, her citizens, the law, and the future of this county. The same cannot be said of the developers, PDS, and those who think the status quo is 'good enough' and it's OK to ignore the people who already live here. Thank you, Barbara for all you did! SnoCo Mom | Aug 02, 2010 10:08 am | Request removal break out the rubber stamp... This woman obviously didn't go along with the "special relationship" our planning dept. has with builders and developers....see ya . She will be replaced by a rubber-stamper who will not make any waves and allow our land use codes to be circumnavigated by those who have enough money to pay for the privilege.
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