Taholah Development & Zoning Laws
Taholah's Developmental Areas and Zoning
Title 48 Quinault Building Code
Under current tribal jurisdiction, all lands, from Moclips, North to Taholah, along State Route Highway 109, are subject to Title 48 of the Quinault Building Code.
Title 48: Quinault Building Code, defines all lands into six possiable zones. They are as followed:
1. Residential Zone
2. Commercial Zone
3. Industrial Zone
4. Forestry Zone
5. Forestry and Industrial Buffer Zone
6. Wilderness Zone
We will examine these areas closer...
Development Near Taholah
Grenville Estates & Taholah Ocean Tracts
Between 1953 and 1965, approximately 50,000 acres of Quinault Reservation land went into non-Indian ownership, mostly to timber companies. In 1962, 1964, 1967 and 1969, real estate developers had massive development tracts approved by Grays Harbor County-including the Taholah Ocean Tracts and Point Grenville Estates. A realty company called Santiago Realty handled sales on these tracts of land in these developments-they falsely advertised beach rights, clam-digging, surfing, and bear and elk hunting in their promotional ads. They sold 75% of the 592 lots by 1968.
The property-owners who purchased lots went to Grays Harbor County to obtain a septic system permit. They received a provisional permit that was stamped "Subject to approval of the Quinault Tribe". The fact is, that all the land in the area of the proposed development site would never pass septic percolation tests due, in part, to high water tables and high clay content,
and other problems inherent in beach frontage property. Nevertheless, the Quinault Nation complied with the requests and had Indian Health Service sanitation engineers perform standard percolation tests. However, the tests revealed that the land proved unsuitable for septic drain fields, and Quinault Nation subsequently denied the permits. In so doing, the Quinault Indian Nation acted as a responsible government to protect its people and its resources --- the clam beaches.