Land rights victory in Washington state - Coastal property owner can now protect home from erosion


Posted 3/30/2011

Brian T. Hodges,
PLF attorney

Whatcom County, WA - Pacific Legal Foundation's Coastal Land Rights Project declares victory  in the case of Luhrs v. Whatcom County. The case challenged a county policy that prevented Victoria Luhrs, a coastal property owner, from protecting her homes from erosion. But, after a long struggle in Washington state court, the County has finally backed off. In light of PLF's argument that Ms. Luhrs has a constitutional right to protect her property, the County has agreed to issue her a permit to build a protective wall on her shoreline. After a ten year struggle, she can rest assured that her home and her property rights stand secure.

Watch video:


Case materials: 


See also the story of Glen Conley, who lost his home to the Dungeness River after county officials refused to allow him to use the concrete blocks he had always used to protect it. Willing Sellers’ sought along Dungeness River – Agencies work to rid river of private ownership