Tadas A. Kisielius

Partner

206.802.3840

tak@vnf.com

Assistant

Millennium Tower
719 Second Avenue Suite 1150
Seattle, WA 98104
  • Represents Whatcom County on Growth Management Act compliance issues specifically related to the County’s efforts to protect water resources through its development regulations.  Tadas has defended the County's legislative actions in proceedings before the Growth Management Hearings Board and state courts, including the State Supreme Court, in Whatcom County v. Hirst, 381 P.3d 1 (2016).
  • Represents Renewable Energy Group, a leading North American advanced biofuels producer and developer of renewable chemicals, in its efforts to secure approval for the expansion of its biorefinery in Grays Harbor County.  Work on this matter includes permitting, environmental review, as well as associated appeals before the Shorelines Hearings Board and appellate Courts, including the State Supreme Court on behalf of REG’s predecessor in interest, Imperium Renewables.
  • Represents Vancouver Energy in its efforts to secure approval to build a crude oil terminal and transfer facility at the Port of Vancouver USA.  The representation includes work on the ongoing environmental review and appearing in the permit adjudication hearings before the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, a state tribunal with exclusive jurisdiction over all major energy infrastructure projects in the State of Washington. 
  • Represents the Port of Walla Walla on land use and water issues, including: drafting agency SEPA regulations; drafting, proposing and defending amendments to local jurisdictions' planning documents and development regulations that further the Port's economic development objectives; and representing the Port in its efforts to secure entitlements for port development projects, including SEPA and NEPA review, federal Rivers and Harbors Act compliance, Clean Water Act permits, local land use permits, and water rights transfers.
  • Negotiated developer extension agreements, latecomers agreements, and development agreements pursuant to RCW 36.70B.170 to facilitate private development projects. 

Publications

Rethinking Washington's State Environmental Policy Act

NW Lawyer, Vol. 68 Issue 3 pp. 50-52
04/30/2014

Land Use Appeals

Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, Part 16, Vol. 23 (2013)
10/01/2013

Chapter 13: Growth Management Hearings Board

Washington Real Property Desk Book, Washington State Bar Association (4th ed. 2012), Vol. 5
10/01/2012

Wet Growth: Exploring the Intersection Between Water Resources and Land Use Law in Washington

Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter, Washington State Bar Association, Vol. 36 Issue 3
12/01/2009

Presentations

2017 Environmental and Land Use Section Midyear Conference

Presenter, "At the Intersection of Water Law and Growth Management - Hirst Decision and Implications"
Washington State Bar Association
Union, WA
05/11/2017

Arctic Encounter Symposium 2016

Presenter, "The Reality of Arctic Port Development: Challenges and Opportunities"
Seattle, WA
01/15/2016

Growth Management Act Conference

Program Co-Chair, "Water and Growth Management"
Law Seminars International
Seattle, WA
11/19/2015

Water Law in Washington

Panel Moderator, "New Developments at the Intersection of Water Rights and Land Use"
Law Seminars International
Seattle, WA
07/27/2015

Energy Export Permitting in the Northwest

Panelist, "The Federal & State Permitting Framework"
Northwest Environmental Business Council
SeaTac, WA
06/16/2014

2014 Environmental and Land Use Law Midyear Meeting & Conference

"Water as the Modern Key Ingredient for Rural Development: Current Legal Challenges and Strategies Towards Solutions"
Washington State Bar Association
Cle Elum, WA
05/01/2014

22nd Annual Conference on Growth Management Act and Land Use

Conference Co-Chair, "Water Availability in Growth Management Planning and Project Approvals"
Law Seminars International
11/07/2013

11th Annual Wetlands in Washington

Panelist, "Reasonable Use Exemptions"
Law Seminars International
Seattle, WA
10/05/2011