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Sustainable Energy and a Clean Environment

Last Updated: 07/14/2021

Preserve, maintain and restore natural systems and landscapes

Strategy: Preserve, maintain and restore natural systems and landscapes

Agency: 468 - Environmental and Land Use Hearings Office

A002 - Environmental Adjudication

The Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) and Shorelines Hearings Board (SHB) within the Environmental and Land Use Hearings Office are independent, quasi-judicial adjudicative boards that hear appeals of certain local, regional, and state agency environmental decisions related to permitting and enforcement. The Boards conduct evidentiary hearings, evaluate scientific and other factual evidence, and produce written legal decisions that interpret, apply, and enforce state environmental laws related to water rights, water quality, air quality, hazardous waste, forest practices, and shoreline management.

Account FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
FTE 8.5 8.5 8.5
001 - General Fund
State 1,235,000 1,189,000 2,424,000
489 - Pension Funding Stabilization Acct
State 62,000 62,000 124,000
FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
FTES 8.5 8.5 8.5
GFS 1,235,000.0 1,189,000.0 2,424,000.0
Other 62,000.0 62,000.0 124,000.0
Totals 1,297,000.0 1,251,000.0 2,548,000.0

000368 - Percentage of appeals that settle before hearing

Percentage of appeals that settle before hearing by the Enviornmental Hearings Office.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2015-17 Q1 72% 90%
2015-17 Q2 74% 90%
2015-17 Q3 73% 90%
2015-17 Q4 75% 90%
2015-17 Q5 80% 90%
2015-17 Q6 74% 90%
2015-17 Q7 84% 90%
2015-17 Q8 69% 90%
2017-19 Q1 60% 90%
2017-19 Q2 78% 90%
2017-19 Q3 56% 90%
2017-19 Q4 69% 90%
2017-19 Q5 58% 90%
2017-19 Q6 53% 90%
2017-19 Q7 78% 90%
2017-19 Q8 73% 90%
2019-21 Q1 85% 90%
2019-21 Q2 76% 90%
2019-21 Q3 75% 90%
2019-21 Q4 78% 90%
2019-21 Q5 0% 90%
2019-21 Q6 0% 90%
2019-21 Q7 0% 90%
2019-21 Q8 0% 90%

000391 - Months from appeal to settlement

Number of months from appeal to settlement for Environmental Hearings Office cases which do not go to hearing.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2015-17 Q1 4 6
2015-17 Q2 5 6
2015-17 Q3 4 6
2015-17 Q4 5 6
2015-17 Q5 5 6
2015-17 Q6 5 6
2015-17 Q7 4 6
2015-17 Q8 9 6
2017-19 Q1 5 6
2017-19 Q2 7 6
2017-19 Q3 5 6
2017-19 Q4 7 6
2017-19 Q5 6 6
2017-19 Q6 6 6
2017-19 Q7 6 6
2017-19 Q8 7 6
2019-21 Q1 6 6
2019-21 Q2 6 6
2019-21 Q3 5 6
2019-21 Q4 6 6
2019-21 Q5 0 6
2019-21 Q6 0 6
2019-21 Q7 0 6
2019-21 Q8 0 6

002551 - PCHB or SHB to issue a final decision following a hearing or a dispositive motion

Number of months for the Pollution Control Hearings Board or Shorelines Hearings Board to issue a final decision following a hearing or a dispositive motions.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2015-17 Q1 2 3
2015-17 Q2 1 3
2015-17 Q3 1 3
2015-17 Q4 1 3
2015-17 Q5 1 3
2015-17 Q6 1 3
2015-17 Q7 1 3
2015-17 Q8 1 3
2017-19 Q1 1 3
2017-19 Q2 1 3
2017-19 Q3 1 3
2017-19 Q4 1 3
2017-19 Q5 3 3
2017-19 Q6 2 3
2017-19 Q7 1 3
2017-19 Q8 3 3
2019-21 Q1 1 3
2019-21 Q2 1 3
2019-21 Q3 1 3
2019-21 Q4 1 3
2019-21 Q5 0 3
2019-21 Q6 0 3
2019-21 Q7 0 3
2019-21 Q8 0 3

002552 - Months from appeal to resolution for SHB

Number of months from appeal filing to final resolution of contested Shoreline Hearings Board cases, unless waived by the parties.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2015-17 Q1 4 6
2015-17 Q2 4 6
2015-17 Q3 4 6
2015-17 Q4 4 6
2015-17 Q5 4 6
2015-17 Q6 4 6
2015-17 Q7 3 6
2015-17 Q8 3 6
2017-19 Q1 3 6
2017-19 Q2 3 6
2017-19 Q3 3 6
2017-19 Q4 3 6
2017-19 Q5 4 6
2017-19 Q6 4 6
2017-19 Q7 3 6
2017-19 Q8 4 6
2019-21 Q1 3 6
2019-21 Q2 2 6
2019-21 Q3 2 6
2019-21 Q4 2 6
2019-21 Q5 0 6
2019-21 Q6 0 6
2019-21 Q7 0 6
2019-21 Q8 0 6

A003 - Land Use Planning Adjudication

The Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) within the Environmental and Land Use Hearings Office is an independent, quasi-judicial adjudicative board that resolves disputes regarding local government compliance with the land use planning requirements of the Growth Management Act (GMA) and related matters. The GMHB uses regional panels to hear appeals related to local government comprehensive plans, development regulations, and other components of the GMA. The final products from the GMHB are legal decisions which enforce the State's Growth Management Act (RCW 36.70A).

Account FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
FTE 7.0 7.0 7.0
001 - General Fund
State 1,298,000 1,251,000 2,549,000
489 - Pension Funding Stabilization Acct
State 65,000 65,000 130,000
FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
FTES 7.0 7.0 7.0
GFS 1,298,000.0 1,251,000.0 2,549,000.0
Other 65,000.0 65,000.0 130,000.0
Totals 1,363,000.0 1,316,000.0 2,679,000.0

000369 - Encourage settlement of Challenges

Encourage settlement of challenges to the Growth Management Act filed as Petitions for Review with the Boards (withdrawals, stipulated dismissals and successful mediations)
Biennium Period Actual Target
2015-17 Q1 0 0
2015-17 Q2 0 0
2015-17 Q3 0 0
2015-17 Q4 9 16
2015-17 Q5 0 0
2015-17 Q6 0 0
2015-17 Q7 0 0
2015-17 Q8 9 17
2017-19 Q1 0 0
2017-19 Q2 0 0
2017-19 Q3 0 0
2017-19 Q4 2 17
2017-19 Q5 0 0
2017-19 Q6 0 0
2017-19 Q7 0 0
2017-19 Q8 0 17
2019-21 Q1 0 0
2019-21 Q2 0 0
2019-21 Q3 0 0
2019-21 Q4 0 17
2019-21 Q5 0 0
2019-21 Q6 0 0
2019-21 Q7 0 0
2019-21 Q8 0 17

000392 - GMHB final decisions issued within deadlines

Percent of GMHB final decisions and compliance orders issued within statutory deadlines.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2015-17 Q1 0% 0%
2015-17 Q2 0% 0%
2015-17 Q3 0% 0%
2015-17 Q4 100% 100%
2015-17 Q5 0% 0%
2015-17 Q6 0% 0%
2015-17 Q7 0% 0%
2015-17 Q8 100% 100%
2017-19 Q1 0% 0%
2017-19 Q2 0% 0%
2017-19 Q3 0% 0%
2017-19 Q4 100% 100%
2017-19 Q5 0% 0%
2017-19 Q6 0% 0%
2017-19 Q7 0% 0%
2017-19 Q8 0% 100%
2019-21 Q1 0% 0%
2019-21 Q2 0% 0%
2019-21 Q3 0% 0%
2019-21 Q4 0% 100%
2019-21 Q5 0% 0%
2019-21 Q6 0% 0%
2019-21 Q7 0% 0%
2019-21 Q8 0% 100%