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Contact William

3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.224.5858

William L. Rasmussen

Managed applications to change zoning and comprehensive plan designations, and for development of large parcels inside Metro Urban Growth Boundary.
Represented clients in a diversity of permitting, enforcement, and appeal matters before City of Portland bureaus and offices, including the Bureau of Development Services, Bureau of Environmental Service, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Bureau of Revenue, Bureau of Transportation, Housing Bureau, Water Bureau, Hearings Office, Revenue Office, and City Council.
Provided ongoing counsel to leading cannabis production, lab, processing, and retail companies, including delivery of positive outcomes for business transaction, real estate, litigation, regulatory, and enforcement issues.
Obtained permits for and successfully defended application for residential development in Portland, Beaverton, Tigard, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Cannon Beach, Bend, and many other Oregon cities and counties. Successfully defended approvals at the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.
Successfully appealed City of Portland ordinance targeting fuel infrastructure projects to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) and Court of Appeals. LUBA reversed the City’s ordinance for violating city, state, and federal law, including the Dormant Commerce Clause of the US Constitution by unduly burdening commerce. The Court of Appeals affirmed LUBA’s decision that the ordinance violated state law.
Advise multifamily, commercial, and industrial landlords on changing Oregon and local landlord tenant laws.
Represented public and private parties in appeals before local hearings officers, elected officials, and the Land Use Board of Appeals.
Obtained conditional use, subdivision, partition, property-line adjustment, variance, master plan, development agreement, and other land use approvals to meet client goals for development projects.
Obtained statewide planning goal exception, zoning map amendment, and comprehensive plan map amendment to facilitate industrial development on rural land.
Represented landlords and occasionally tenants in drafting and negotiating lease agreements for multifamily, office, retail, industrial, farm, and raw land properties.
Assisted numerous banks and lending institutions with land use due diligence and preservation of entitlements benefiting complex developments in foreclosure.
Prepared easements and address land use issues for wind and solar development projects.
Counseled nonprofit with the mission of promoting wave energy in Oregon to help streamline the process for siting wave-energy projects in Oregon.
Performs real estate and land use due diligence for cannabis-related clients to assess the suitability of a potential site for clients' purposes and for conformance with applicable regulations.
Assisted developers with obtaining permits for access to state highways.
Obtained state and local approvals to build a 180-foot bridge in Tigard.
Assessed feasibility of obtaining all local, state, and federal permits necessary to develop multibillion-dollar energy facility, including timeline for permitting sequence and assessment of risk of denial for key project components.
Counseled businesses, including data centers, in meeting the criteria for and obtaining Oregon Enterprise Zone tax abatements.
Respond to enforcement actions by the Oregon State Lottery, including appeal and negotiation with Oregon State Lottery to obtain withdrawal of Lottery retailer contract termination order.
Obtained Lottery retailer contract approval at sensitive Oregon State Lottery retail locations.
Appeal alleged violations of Oregon Liquor Control Commission rules and, when appropriate, obtain dismissal of alleged violations, including allegations of permitting unlawful activity.
Obtained liquor license for retail establishments in sensitive locations and appeal proposed restrictions on liquor licenses.
Represented clients in a diversity of matters before Oregon administrative agencies, including the Oregon Agriculture Department, Construction Contractors Board, Department of Administrative Services, Department of Energy, Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, Department of Land Conservation and Development, Department of Transportation, Forestry Department, Land Use Board of Appeals, Liquor Control Commission, Office of Administrative Hearings, State Athletic Commission, State Lottery, and Water Resources Department.
Advised Northwest tribes on real estate, land use, and regulatory requirements to breach federally permitted dikes and allow tidal inundation of lands to facilitate salmon habitat restoration.
Prepared easements to address client access, maintenance, utility, and use needs.
Structure leases and land purchases for commercial cardboard and paper manufacturers.
Counsel forest landowners on land use and zoning issues. Obtain permits and entitlements on forest lands to enable higher and better use. Address access, zoning, utility, and other development related issues for forest landowners.