Tag: GMA

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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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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28
Jan

Give Me Liberty!

Week two of the session finished strong with “GMA Day” in the Senate Local Government Committee.  Six separate bills were heard on Thursday. WSAC provided testimony on each of the proposals, supporting SB 5193, opposing SB 5194, and supporting SB 5242, SB 5243, SB 5245 and SB 5259. Simultaneously, SB 5284 was heard by the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions, Economic Development, and Trade.  This bill, titled “Smoke Detection Devices”,

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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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