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Ms. Barbara Dykes

Hearing Examiner

Snohomish County, Washington

Snohomish County, Washington

Background Information

Employment History

Attorney
Salish Law PLLC

Examiner
Hearing Examiner

Hearing Examiner
Snohomish County

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Snohomish County

Chief Civil Deputy
Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney's Office

Examiner
Snohomish County Hearing Examiner

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Co-Founder
Salish Law PLLC

Education



Hastings College of the Law

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Barbara Dykes, co-founder of ...

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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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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.


The Dec. 7 ruling from King ...

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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 ...

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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.
"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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At first blush, this action with Barbara Dykes would seem to confirm the description.


The order for an Environmental Impact ...

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The order for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) regarding developments in the Lake Goodwin area, issued by Snohomish County Hearing Examiner Barbara Dykes, has been overturned in King County Superior Court. Full Story

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