19
Jan

Hirst Bill Signed!

Last night the legislature passed a bipartisan, bicameral solution for issues facing rural water stemming from the Hirst Supreme Court decision.  The capital budget and bond bills were also passed and have been signed by the Governor. Since the Supreme Court decision of October 2016, Counties have been left without certainty in land use planning and liability in permitting. The

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15
Jan

Week 2 – Land Use & Environment Bills

HB 1987- Affordable Housing Prevents counties from restricting the density of affordable housing development on property owned by a religious organization under certain conditions. This would require Counties to allow the density of the affordable housing development on religious owned properties to exceed density limits by two times the maximum density requirement of other structures. HB 2607 – UGA’s and

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7
Jan

Land Use Roundup for 2018

Growth Management Act HB 2341 is a Growth Management Act bill that impacts those counties with a military installation. It will require counties to coordinate processes with the Base Commander on development regulations that are potentially incompatible with the military base operations. It will also prohibit allowing development in the vicinity of a military installation that is incompatible with the installation’s

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21
Jul

End of 3rd Special Session a Double-Loss for Counties

Yesterday when the Washington Legislature adjourned it was another unsatisfactory conclusion for counties, who were already deeply disappointed by the outcomes from the first 160 days of legislative action. The results didn’t get any better with an additional 30 days; the legislature failed to provide relief for counties who are now required to produce duplicative and costly water resource information

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