14
Jan

Proposals Focused on Housing Affordability

A lot of activity has been going on in the background developing legislative proposals focused on land use, but only a few have been officially filed at the time of this post.  As expected, much of the conversation has been about planning for affordable housing and considering minimum density requirements, especially in urban areas and near mass transit.  It’s reasonable

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18
Dec

Governor Inslees’s Budget Proposal

Last Thursday, Governor Inslee released his proposed 2019 budgets. Generally, the governor’s budgets are seen as an executive and judicial branch “wish list” that the legislature will consider along with their own priorities. The following is a summary list of the expenditures and new revenue proposed by Governor Inslee that may be of interest to the Counties. We won’t see

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18
Feb

On-site Sewage Systems & Unfunded Mandates

On-site sewage systems (OSS) remains an important public health topic in practice and also in policy and the legislature. Each session, there are several bills posted addressing OSS from all different perspectives.  This past week, an OSS bill from the last session made a reappearance. HB 1476 (Peterson) passed the House floor and was referred to Energy, Environment, and Technology

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17
Feb

Laura’s Bill List – Week 7

House of origin cutoff occurred Wednesday, February 14th and very few bills are left from what we were originally tracking. In regards to land use bills, The State Building Code Council bill (HB 1622) is now in State Government in the Senate. This language clarifies member’s qualifications, administration support by DES, a change in licensing fees for architects, and an

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