Land Use Bills Still Moving Forward

HB 1987 – Allows affordable housing on property owned by a religious organization with higher density based on local circumstances and only applies to counties with a population greater than one hundred twenty-five thousand.

HB 2931 – Increases energy efficiency requirements on residential buildings under the permit fee statute

SB 6109 – Requires the International Wildland-Urban Interface code to be implemented into the building code

SB 6456 – Requires compliance with a Joint Land Use Study with military installations and does not allow incompatible development in areas of military operations

Land Use bills That Have Died

HB 2341 – Required compliance with a Joint Land Use Study with military installations and does not allow incompatible development in areas of military operations

HB 2503 – Allowed accessory dwelling units outside the urban growth area

HB 2524 – Changed the requirements for soil sampling when de-designating agriculture land

HB 2599 – Allowed a fee to be collected with a building permit to be used for long-range planning activities

HB 2630 – Required the Liquor and Cannabis board to comply with local land use codes and ordinances

HB 2728 – Required the members of the Growth Management Hearings Boards be impartial and give notice of any previous relationships with parties to a case

HB 2789 – Required a greater number of voters and assessed valuation levels before an annexation was allowed

HB 2847 – Added certain standards, methods, and devices to be allowed by a building inspector

SB 6186 – Required growth patterns and job growth be tracked by all counties annually and that regulations on development budget and capital facilities plans be changed annually to accommodate greater growth

SB 6328 – Added prioritization of peer-reviewed and locally or similarly geographic science be allowed when updating a critical areas ordinance and allowed scientific experts to be used for all parties before the Growth Management Hearings Boards

Environment and Natural Resources Bills Moving Forward

HB 1476 – Requiring the update of onsite septic management plans by a local health jurisdiction every five years. The legislation does not provide funding for the required updates

HB 2285 – Established an advisory group under the Commissioner of Public Lands at the Department of Natural Resources to study the impacts and losses of an adopted Marbled Murrelet Habitat Conservation Plan

HB 2743 – Concerning the integration of a reclaimed water system, a water purveyor plan, and groundwater source protection

HB 2914 – Creating a workgroup in the Department of Ecology to develop an outreach strategy to improve recycling and reduce contamination

SB 6539 – Regarding the states fiduciary responsibility to trust lands under the Department of Natural Resources

Environment and Natural Resources Dead Bills

HB 2300 – Created a taskforce of the legislature and stakeholders to study the impacts and losses of an adopted Marbled Murrelet Habitat Conservation Plan by the Department of Natural Resources

HB 2411 – Directed Ecology to set a goal of reducing of food waste and how best to implement a plan

HB 2431 – Eliminated the Joint Administrative Rules Review Committee

HB 2937 – Ensured water availability in WRIA’s 3 and 4 in the Skagit Basin through implementation of the 1996 MOA

SB 6020 – Established an advisory group under the Commissioner of Public Lands at the Department of Natural Resources to study the impacts and losses of an adopted Marbled Murrelet Habitat Conservation Plan

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Laura first became involved in government as a city council member for the city of Newport Washington and later became a County Commissioner in Pend Oreille County. She served for 6 years and represented the region on statewide and national boards. Laura and her family moved to Olympia in November of 2012 and she has worked for WSAC for four years doing policy work on natural resources, land use and environmental issues.