Melody’s practice focuses on land use and environmental law for both private and public entities. Her extensive experience in this area is augmented by several years as a senior planner at what is now the Department of Planning and Development. In that position, she was responsible for reviewing projects and issuing decisions on all types of land use applications. This prior experience provides clients a unique understanding of the government permitting process. This greatly benefits clients when it comes to assessing development feasibility and obtaining permits and approvals.
Represent multiple South Lake Union developers with office and residential projects under the new zoning enacted in 2013. We are the first to work out purchase of King County Regional Development Credits as a means of gaining extra floor area for those projects.
Assist Seattle Housing Authority with the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace to better serve existing and future residents in a new mixed income and mixed use community on this 40-acre site near downtown. This is the first project in the City of Seattle to utilize the Planned Action approach to environmental review. Melody assisted in creating a new Master Planned Community Zone for the site that uses innovative zoning tools.
Serve as outside counsel to the Puget Sound Regional Council on metropolitan planning efforts, including the Transportation 2040 Plan for the region. Successfully defended Transportation 2040 in litigation that challenged whether the Plan adequately assessed greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.
Obtained entitlements for the Bullitt Foundation's Living Building Challenge project in Seattle — the most energy efficient midrise commercial office building in the world.
Obtained approval of rezones for a life sciences project in South Lake Union, a multi-family development on Capitol Hill, and a large site at Northgate.
Worked with Seattle Mariners baseball team to obtain permits and approvals for Safeco Field.
Extensive work on historic properties, including Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board and National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 process.
Serve as land use counsel to a wide variety of multi-family and commercial developers, throughout Puget Sound. Particular areas of emphasis include Urban Centers and shoreline projects.