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For the Greater Good: How the Government Can Take Association Land

Sound Transit Wants a Piece of Your Association, Now What?

Learn more about eminent domain and the challenges associations face at the Managers Only Meeting (MOM) on Thursday, July 26, 2018

Managers Only Meeting – July 26, 2018

Managers Only Meetings (MOMs) are offered each month with the exception of June and December. MOMs are held on Thursdays from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and includes a light lunch.

These events are full of relevant, timely information to assist community association managers who want to increase their skills and knowledge-base that are essential to the successful management of associations. Various topics are covered by industry professionals who are members of WSCAI and specialize in a segment of the industry.

MOMs are free for Manager members and Sponsors of each specific MOM event. Non-member managers may pay $20 to attend.

Date & Time

July 26
11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Includes a light lunch


City University, Renton
555 S Renton Village Pl,
Renton, WA 98057

3rd Floor, Room(s) 301-302


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7/26/18 Meeting Topic

For the Greater Good: How the Government Can Take Association Land

Sound Transit Wants a Piece of Your Association, Now What?

The phrase “eminent domain” (also called “condemnation”) describes the government’s right to take private land for public use.  Federal, state, and local governments can take private property in order to build parks, roadways, and other infrastructure.  Municipalities and other public entities must be able to identify that their need for your association’s land is for the benefit of the public. That entity also has a legal obligation to follow statutory procedures and pay “just compensation” to the property owners. 

Associations that are put on notice that a portion of their community may be taken by eminent domain are faced with a number of challenges: Can the association demand additional compensation? Is a vote of the association’s members required to approve the transaction? Does the association have any right to negotiate what property gets taken? What happens if your Board wants to dig in their heels and just say “no!”? 

Join Melissa Musser – Community Manager with Trestle Community Management and former elected City Councilperson – and Tim Feth – Attorney with Rafel Law Group – for an introduction to eminent domain and how to deal with it in our communities.


Melissa Musser, CMCA AMS

Melissa Musser, CMCA AMS

Community Manager, Trestle Community Management

As the Suburban Growth Practices Director with Trestle Community Management, Melissa Musser focuses on developer and declarant community formation through transition to owners for homeowner and master Associations. As an former elected City Councilperson for the City of Des Moines (2009-2017), she chaired the city’s Environment Committee and brings her extensive knowledge of plat management, low impact development standards and surface water management to the clients she serves. Melissa is part of the Membership Committee and a Chapter Ambassador. In her spare time she is an avid marathon runner. By marathon, she means Netflix marathons that she enjoys with the love of her life that she met at a WSCAI Business Partners Social. So you could say that Association Management truly is her whole life.

Tim Feth

Tim Feth

Associate Attorney, Rafel Law Group PLLC

Tim Feth is an associate attorney at Rafel Law Group PLLC, which focuses on advising and representing Homeowner and Condominium Owner Associations. During law school he worked on whistle-blower cases for the nonprofit Hanford Challenge, and mediated cases in King County’s small claims court. He earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Central Washington University summa cum laude, and his law degree from the University of Washington with honors. He currently serves on WSCAI’s Market Expansion Committee.

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