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Lane Powell’s Team Scores Victory for Security Business

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If not for the efforts of a team of Lane Powell attorneys headed by Glenn J. Amster, a real estate and land use attorney, a 25-year-old security services business would have been shut down.

Articles in the October 2006 issues of Peninsula Daily News and the Port Townsend Leader report that Lane Powell prevailed in a land use appeal on behalf of Security Services Northwest (“SSNW”) to reinstate its security services business. Previous rulings with regard to Jefferson County zoning laws ordered operations to close, citing its violation of current zoning laws.

As Amster said, “As far as we’re concerned, we’re back in business.”

SSNW has conducted its security services business and related firearms and other security training at its facilities on Discovery Bay, Washington, since 1988. These operations were ordered shut down by the County and remained closed after a hearing examiner ruled against SSNW in its challenge to the County’s orders. In the appeal, Amster argued that SSNW should be allowed to operate as it did before County zoning laws took effect in 1992. The superior court judge agreed.

Amster said, “We’re obviously pleased that the judge recognized that Security Services has been in business and was in business long before the county had a zoning code.”

Lane Powell litigation attorneys John Devlin and John Schochet assisted with this matter.