22
Mar

Is the GMA Causing the Housing Crisis?

Housing, a frequent and necessary topic this session, was front and center again this week at a work session with the Senate Housing Stability and Affordability Committee. The discussion focused on how the Growth Management Act (GMA) impacts affordable housing development and local infrastructure. Presenters included the Department of Commerce (Commerce), Futurewise, The Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW), counties

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18
Mar

Gift Ideas for the Lobbyist Who Has Everything

What do you get for someone who appears to have everything? There are several helpful guides out there, online and in magazines, that profess to know how to surprise even the most difficult person to shop for. But none of those lists can help you give what every lobbyist in Olympia wants this time of year. Have you got it

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8
Mar

Coming Soon to a WDFW Region Near You – Maybe.

Once again, and I say once again, as this is not the first, second, or even the fifth time we’ve seen such a proposal, a bill (2SHB 1579) is being considered that provides the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) with new civil enforcement authority related to hydraulic project approvals (HPA). WSAC has consistently opposed similar bills. This time,

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4
Mar

No More Excuses, Your Mother-in-law is Moving In!

Providing wider availability for the development and use of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) as part of the solution for increasing access to affordable housing is gaining traction in the legislature. At least three different proposals have come forward this session, including allowing tiny homes to be used as ADUs (SSB 5382), providing authority to counties to allow ADUs inside and

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