Andrew S. Lane

Attorney

Andy’s practice focuses on land use and environmental law. He advises municipalities, landowners, and developers regarding long-range planning issues, permitting, water rights, and compliance with environmental laws. Andy takes a practical approach to the practice of law, recognizing that land use disputes can frequently be resolved by up-front planning and creative thinking rather than prolonged litigation.

In addition to helping private and municipal clients resolve legal disputes, Andy also partners with planners and engineers to provide consulting services to municipalities in land use and Growth Management Act (“GMA”) matters. It is much more efficient to consider the legal ramifications of a land use plan in its formative stages, rather than for the first time in court.


Andy has worked with numerous city and county planners, planning consultants, and State agencies on behalf of his municipal and private clients. This network of officials and planning staff provides a valuable resource – getting quick answers from the right person can save a lot of time and confusion.

Andy also educates elected officials, planning commissioners, and planning staff regarding land use law and procedure. He served as the Chair of the Education Committee on the Board of the Planning Association of Washington from 2012 to 2015. 

Andy lives in Leavenworth and has served on the Leavenworth Planning Commission since 2008. In 2017, Andy joined the Board of Directors of Upper Valley MEND, a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the health, housing, and hunger needs of the Upper Wenatchee Valley.

Introduction

Andy’s practice focuses on land use and environmental law. He advises municipalities, landowners, and developers regarding long-range planning issues, permitting, water rights, and compliance with environmental laws. Andy takes a practical approach to the practice of law, recognizing that land use disputes can frequently be resolved by up-front planning and creative thinking rather than prolonged litigation.

In addition to helping private and municipal clients resolve legal disputes, Andy also partners with planners and engineers to provide consulting services to municipalities in land use and Growth Management Act (“GMA”) matters. It is much more efficient to consider the legal ramifications of a land use plan in its formative stages, rather than for the first time in court.


Andy has worked with numerous city and county planners, planning consultants, and State agencies on behalf of his municipal and private clients. This network of officials and planning staff provides a valuable resource – getting quick answers from the right person can save a lot of time and confusion.

Andy also educates elected officials, planning commissioners, and planning staff regarding land use law and procedure. He served as the Chair of the Education Committee on the Board of the Planning Association of Washington from 2012 to 2015. 

Andy lives in Leavenworth and has served on the Leavenworth Planning Commission since 2008. In 2017, Andy joined the Board of Directors of Upper Valley MEND, a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the health, housing, and hunger needs of the Upper Wenatchee Valley.

Experience & Results

  • Assisting with the approval of Washington’s first Major Industrial Development under the GMA
  • Helping cities and counties resolve long-running GMA compliance issues
  • Advising individuals and municipalities regarding comprehensive planning requirements and strategies
  • Working with landowners and developers to obtain development entitlements
  • Assisting landowners with water rights and natural resource issues

Education

  • University of Florida (B.S., 1982)
  • Seattle University School of Law (J.D., 1996)
    • Associate Editor, Seattle University Law Review

Admissions

  • Washington
  • US District Court, Western District of Washington

Awards/Honors and Organizational Memberships

  • Named on the Washington Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers® Magazine
  • City of Leavenworth Planning Commission, Member
  • Upper Valley MEND, Member of Board of Directors

Publications/Speaking Engagements

  • “A Short Course on Local Planning,” 2018 Planning Association of Washington Annual Conference, Chelan, WA, Speaker, May 2, 2018
  • “Bike Trails for Transportation or Recreation - When Does Recreational Use Immunity Apply?” Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) “Planning Advisor” article series, Author, April 2014
  • “Code Enforcement - Strategies and Considerations,” Planning Association of Washington Land Use Boot Camp, Seattle, WA, Speaker, October 15, 2013
  • “Success and Sustainability - Start Your Update on the Right Foot and Step Toward a More Sustainable Future,” American Planning Association Washington Planning Conference, Bellevue, WA, Speaker, October 3, 2013
  • Frequent speaker for the Short Course on Local Planning training seminars for local officials, sponsored by the Department of Commerce and the Planning Association of Washington
  • Frequent speaker on GMA issues