20
Jul

Negotiations On Hirst Breakdown

Counties are not the water authority in Washington State and if required to determine connectivity and impairment for such small scale impacts as permit-exempt wells, it could take decades to develop the resources and expertise to manage water use in each county and the state will end up with 39 different “water codes” across the state. (Hirst Decision) As you

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10
Mar

JLARC Wants Your Input Land Use Regulations

The Washington Legislature’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) is studying efforts to protect habitat through land acquisition and regulations. JLARC’s wide-ranging study will include working with six counties to help understand how the counties manage land use regulations.  These six counties are: Asotin, Clark, Jefferson, King, Kittitas, and Okanagan. JLARC staff consulted with the Washington State Association of

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9
Mar

School Siting Bill Passes

HB 1017 was amended on the House floor and passed by a vote of 82-15. The House school siting bill was amended to address school siting outside the urban growth area (UGA).  For rural areas, the siting issue was unaddressed, hearing that extension of services is the greater issue, water and sewer services are now explicitly allowed.  For urban areas inside

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6
Mar

Senate Moves Hirst Bill

The Senate moved SB 5239 by a vote of 28 to 21 last week.  This bill makes fixes to the state supreme court decision Hirst v Whatcom County. It was amended several times and as it comes to the House, is a focused fix to the court decision that is shutting down rural development and permit exempt wells. We don’t know

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