When most Seattle neighbors have disputes, tensions generally involve situations such as noisy pets or unsightly yards. Regardless of what issue is at hand, direct paths to resolution can often seem limited. But no one desires a negative atmosphere right outside their doorstep, so many homeowners turn to easing the tension themselves.
As KTTH News reports, some Washington residents have experienced property disagreements of an unusual kind. In what locals are calling an invasion of property rights, a ruling from last year restricts landowners in eastern parts of the state from building wells on their property. Despite the anger expressed by landowners, the problem ensued even further when the Washington State Supreme Court failed to develop a solution for those depending on ground water resources. Although people living in cities will likely remain unaffected by this decision, the issue stands out as a violation of private property rights. Some landowners have complained since new laws require them to prove their well water is not negatively affecting surrounding rivers, but lawmakers stress the importance of protecting the environment from potentially harmful external factors.
More rural parts of the state may be facing obstacles that seem exclusive to the area, but city dwellers experience tensions regarding control of property, as well. The website for the city of Seattle highlights the details of property line changes and disagreements, noting that those wishing to expand homes on properties that are part of an environmentally critical area must go through an application process to gain access of the land. This is called a lot boundary adjustment. The adjustment might appear a simple solution, but there are a number of legal guidelines landowners must first follow to move forward with modifying property plans.