Tag: Growth Management Act (GMA)


Does the State Care About Local Zoning?

An important decision was published this week in the Court of Appeals case Kittitas County v. Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. The key legal question being considered was whether the Growth Management Act (GMA) requires the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) to only approve licensing applications that conform with local zoning laws. The Appellate Court (Court) said

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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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Housing, Housing, Housing

As you probably know by now, housing is a central theme and priority this session. Legislators have introduced numerous bills attempting to deal with issues thought to be contributing to the current housing crisis our state is believed to be experiencing. As we near the first cutoff for policy bills before those that survive then move to the opposite chamber of

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GMA Front & Center in the Senate

It’s easy to know the 2019 legislative session is in full swing by all the new (and some old and familiar) land use bills being proposed in both houses and by both parties. This week included the obligatory Growth Management Act (GMA) repeal (HB 1214) to go along with the GMA opt-out (HB 1051) that was pre-filed. While neither of

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