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Home » Archives » March 2012 » CSA Adds Attorney Mackie To Their Team

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03/28/2012: "CSA Adds Attorney Mackie To Their Team"


ig_Alexander-Sandy-W_Mackie-01 (28k image) (Sandy Mackie - AWB photo)

Common Sense Alliance (CSA) has added attorney a leading land use attorney of the Perkins Coie Law Offices, Seattle, to its team of professionals that are working to comment on and resolve critical legal issues that are being proposed in the draft Critical Areas Ordinances (CAO) and Shoreline Management Program (SMP).

CSA has civil engineers; licensed and certified hydrologists; geologists, and business leaders as part of their team, and now Alexander (Sandy) W. Mackie will also assist them as they move forward with their stated mission “to educate Islanders, as well as the San Juan County Council, Staff, and Planning Commission on the law and process regarding updates to the Critical Areas Ordinances (CAO) and Shorelines Management Program (SMP)..”

With Mr. Mackie on board the CSA will have his particular expertise (read his profile below) as they continue to offer legal advice and interpretations of proposed county regulations.
The benefit to the County is they will have input that, in some instances will counter staff and other non-profit groups input -or at the least add to it- thereby adding additional balance to the public input available to County staff, the Planning Commission, and the County Council.

The CSA stated in a press release that it is “critical for all to consider the social, economic and environmental impacts of change upon our rural way of living, and to evaluate and balance those competing interests as common sense advises and the law requires.”

Mr. Mackie’s profile and experience are listed on the Perkins Cole website:

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 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 Land Use and Environmental Law committee, addressing legislative policy issues across a wide span of topics. He is AWB’s designee to 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 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.

Professional Recognition
• Listed in the Best Lawyers in America, in Environmental Law
• Listed in Washington Law and Politics, "Washington's Super Lawyers," for more than a decade
• Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
(AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)
Professional Leadership
• AWB Land Use and Environmental Law committee (AWB legislative committee advising on land use and environmental legislation), Chairman, 2011 - 2012
• National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Washington State Government Affairs Committee, South Sound Committee
• Washington State Bar Association, Environmental Law and Land Use Section, Director, 1982 - 1985
• Planning Association of Washington (1976 - 1996), President, 1995 - 1996; First Vice-President, 1996 and 1993 - 1994
• Washington, D.C. Bar, 1970 - 2010

For those interested in learning more about the CSA, they can be reached by email at: info@commonsensealliance.net .

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