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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Alison Moss

Alison Moss



  • Land Use and Entitlement
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Agency Actions and Rulemaking
  • Land Use and Entitlement

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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Washington, U.S.A.


Alison Moss helps private residential and commercial developers, contractors, local governments, ports and individuals navigate complex land use and dispute resolution issues throughout the Pacific Northwest. With more than 34 years of experience in land use, she is an active force in advocating for clients in environmental and planning issues throughout the region. Alison’s clients appreciate her creative, collaborative solutions fueled by her in-depth industry knowledge, dispute resolution skills, and sense of humor and adventure.

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Courts
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • United States Circuit Court for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • University of Chicago Law School, Juris Doctor, 1982
  • Radcliffe College, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 1977
Areas of Practice

Agency Actions and Rulemaking | Land Use and Entitlement | Litigation & Dispute Resolution | Real Estate

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments


  • Secured approvals for retail, office and multifamily projects for a major landowner in downtown Bellevue.
  • Represented large landowners in a comprehensive plan amendment, rezone and development agreement for a mixed-use project in Pierce County.
  • Aided an industrial landowner in negotiation of substantial reduction in system development charges for a sanitary sewer.
  • Advised the purchaser of the former Snoqualmie Mill in the annexation of the property to the City of Snoqualmie, adoption of a development agreement and defense of the zoning and development agreement before the Growth Management Hearings Board.
  • Counseled numerous developers of urban infill projects.
  • Permitted a large sand and gravel operation in Thurston County, working with state agencies and other shareholders and avoiding all appeals.

Growth Management Implementation

  • Assisted the City of Seattle in developing affordable housing strategies and regulations.
  • Assisted Island County in developing its full range of growth management implementation, including its comprehensive plan, zoning regulations, critical areas regulations, subdivision regulations, storm water regulations and concurrency regulations.
  • Representing Pierce County in the defense of a community plan.


  • Collaborated with Port of Vancouver in Concept Development Plan and shoreline permits for Terminal 1 Waterfront Development on the Columbia River in downtown Vancouver Washington.

  • Assisted Port of Skagit County in a wide range of critical areas regulations and in persuading regulatory agencies that drainage ditches should not be regulated as streams.

  • Represented Port of Tacoma in Pierce County’s adoption of its initial Growth Management Act (GMA) critical areas regulations.
  • Counseled Port of Chehalis in Lewis County’s adoption of its GMA comprehensive plan and development regulations as well as development of an industrial park.


  • Potential Changes in Office, Retail, and Residential Construction in the Post-COVID-19 Market
  • Fossil Fuel Cases Continue to Shape SEPA and Shoreline Laws
  • Subdivisions May Speed Up in Jurisdictions Near You
  • Sky Bridges are Making a Comeback in These Pedestrian-Friendly Times
  • Port to Market: Building Infrastructure to Meet Demand


  • Critical Areas Cases ?

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