No. 76581-2.

149 P.3d 616 (2006)

1000 FRIENDS OF WASHINGTON, King County, and Center for Environmental Law and Policy, Respondents, v. Rodney McFARLAND, Petitioner.

Supreme Court of Washington, En Banc.

Decided December 21, 2006.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Richard M. Stephens, Diana M. Kirchheim, John Maurice Groen, Groen Stephens & Klinge, LLP, Bellevue, WA, for Petitioner.

John T. Zilavy, Futurewise, Seattle, WA, for Respondents.

Laura Beth Wishik, Thomas Aquinas Carr, Seattle City Attorneys Office, Seattle, WA, for Amicus Curiae (Association of Washington Cities).

Timothy Dunning Ford, Office of Attorney General, Olympia, WA, for Amicus Curiae (Attorney General).

Robert D. Johns, Duana Theresa Kolouskova, Johns Monroe Mitsunaga, PLLC, Bellevue, WA, for Amicus Curiae (Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties).

Andrew C. Cook, Building Industry Association of Washington, Olympia WA, Russell Clayton Brooks, Pacific Legal Foundation, Bellevue, WA, for Amicus Curiae (Pacific Legal Foundation).

David Scott Mann, Gendler & Mann LLP, Lauren Rice Burgon, Seattle, WA, Ryan Vancil, Vancil Law Offices, PLLC, Bainbridge Island, WA, for Amicus Curiae (Washington Environmental Council).

Robert Kirk Costello, Alan D. Copsey, Office of Attorney General, Olympia, WA, for Amicus Curiae (Washington State Dept. of Community, Trade & Economic Development).


¶ 1 Our state constitution sets forth the blueprint for the structure of our state government. Central to that structure is the sovereignty of the people of the state of Washington because "[a]ll political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights." CONST. art. I, § 1; see also CONST. art. II, § 1; Paget...


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