Earlier supreme court case fixed Skagit County exemption in 'Hirst Fix'


February 22, 2018

In a county bracing for anticipated future flooding due to the impact of climate change, having access to water isn’t a given.

This after state lawmakers excluded Skagit County from recent legislation allowing rural property owners to again drill wells on their land, a measure designed to provide relief for those whose property values had spiraled downward due to water access restrictions that precluded development.

Among supporters, the new law has been hailed as a statewide “fix” to the Hirst decision, a 2016 state Supreme Court ruling that had spawned some uncertainty as to whether...

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