Growth Management Hearings
HB 2728 speaks to the impartial participation of members of the growth management hearings board on matters before the board and a member’s prior involvement to parties in a hearing.
HB 2937 is a new bill drafted to recognize that the legislation addressing the Hirst case excluded the Skagit basin WRIA’s number 3 and 4. The bill speaks to the implementation of the 1996 memorandum of agreement. It is being considered a statement bill to continue the discussion for a solution in the Skagit basin.
International Wildland-Urban Interface Code
SB 6109 is a returning bill dealing with the state building code adopting the International Wildland-Urban Interface Code. The language makes several exceptions to the code, yet counties have previously had concerns with other portions of the WUI code.
Critical Areas Ordinance
SB 6328 seeks to prioritize local peer-reviewed science and similar geographical science for best available science used in Critical Areas Ordinance. It also allows for all parties to retain experts for hearing before the Growth Management Hearings Boards.
SB 6456 is the companion bill to HB 2341 regarding incompatible development around a military installation. Counties were working with the House sponsor and have moved to oppose when amendments did not remove a mandatory requirement regarding development. The Senate version was heard Thursday, January 25 and written testimony was submitted from Commissioner Price-Johnson of Island County and Commissioner Kate Dean of Jefferson County came to testify in person.
HB 2914 addresses recycling issues evolving due to changes in the market and tasking the Department of Ecology and the Utilities and Transportation Commissions to develop a public outreach strategy on recycling.
State Investment Board
SB 6539 is a new bill being heard on Monday, January 29th and directs the Department of Natural Resources to endeavor to generate an average of two hundred and thirty million dollars from state lands and forestlands each year. The bill also requires DNR to evaluate its land portfolio and include analysis of earning potential and options for other investment ways to enhance revenue, including the sale of lands to invest in a state investment board.