Gary D. Huff

Shareholder

Gary D. Huff

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Gary Huff is a shareholder and chairs Karr Tuttle Campbell’s Real Estate and Land Use Group. His practice is dedicated to land use and real estate law, with an emphasis in project development, the governmental permit process, and the negotiation of appropriate mitigation of project impacts. Mr. Huff has considerable experience with local, state, and federal planning, in addition to resource and administrative agencies.

Gary Huff received both his undergraduate degree (BS in Urban Development, 1972) and legal training (Juris Doctor, 1975) from the University of Washington.

Mr. Huff is a shareholder and chairs Karr Tuttle Campbell’s Real Estate and Land Use Group. His practice is concentrated in land use and real estate law, emphasizing project development, the governmental permit process, and the negotiation of appropriate mitigation of project impacts. Mr. Huff has considerable experience with local, state and federal planning, resource and administrative agencies, including the Washington State Department of Ecology and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Representative projects in which Mr. Huff has been involved include the development of Phase I of the Microsoft campus in Redmond and the expansion of both the corporate campus of Physio Control Corporation and the South Hill Mall. He obtained all necessary state and federal governmental approvals for (and successfully defended litigation against) the planned Ship Harbor Resort and Marina (including a 300 unit hotel, 500 slip marina, 200 condominium units, several restaurants and a conference center) in Anacortes. Other noteworthy projects include Poulsbo Place (Master Builders Association Award for Community of the Year) in Kitsap County and Kelkari, a “national park lodge” style condominium development in the City of Issaquah which was also a Community of the Year award recipient. Issaquah is also the site of Hyla Crossing, a 4.4 million square foot “planned action” residential and commercial master planned development. Much of Mr. Huff’s most recent efforts have been directed towards the rezoning, remediation and redevelopment of a 61 acre waterfront petroleum tank farm in Snohomish County into a sustainable urban center mixed use project. The Washington State Supreme Court affirmed the vested status of the project’s permit applications in Town of Woodway v. Snohomish County and BSRE Point Wells, L.P., 180 Wn.2d 165 (2014).

Mr. Huff’s name is frequently found in various “Best Lawyer” lists. The most recent of such honors was his being named a 2016 Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine and Seattle Met.  He is a past member of the Washington State Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Section Board of Directors and recently served as an editor for the Washington Real Property Deskbook Series.

  • Land use
  • Environmental
  • Real estate law
  • “Vested Rights and More,” Annual Growth Management Conference, Law Seminars International, November 2014
  • “Development & Land Use Issues/Project Mitigation,” Seattle/King County Bar Association, April 1999
  • “Land Use Law Update in Washington,” National Business Institute, July 1997
  • “Current Developments in Real Estate Law,” Seminar Chair, Washington State Bar Association, February, 1993
  • “Land Use Law in Washington,” National Business Institute, May, 1994
  • “Regulatory Framework of Wetlands and Sensitive Control Areas,” Deloitte & Touche Annual Real Estate Conference, 1990
  • “Wetland Regulation and Growth Controls,” University of Washington School of Law, 1990
  • “Historic Preservation in Seattle,” Visiting Instructor, University of Washington School of Architecture, 1989
  • “Projected Trends in Washington Planning and Land Use Regulation,” Washington State Bar Association Environmental and Land Use Law Section Mid-Year Meeting, 1986
  • YMCA Board of Advisors, Sammamish Branch, 1993-present
  • YMCA Camp Terry Task Force
  • Volunteer Legal Counsel for University Christian Church in Developing a Low Income Housing Project in Seattle’s University District
  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 1975
  • B.S., Urban Development, University of Washington, 1972, cum laude
  • Washington State Bar, 1975
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1975
  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
    • Former Member, Board of Directors
    • Environmental & Land Use Law Section

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