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Published on Friday, February 1, 2013

GMA opt-out for counties with populations under 20,000

Rep. Kretz (R-Wauconda ) has introduced HB 1224, which would let counties opt out of fully planning under the Growth Management Act if the countywide population is under 20,000 and the county originally opted into planning under the GMA (i.e., they were not required to plan under GMA, but chose to when they had the option back in the early 1990s).

The counties that would qualify are Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, and Pend Oreille. If 60 percent of cities and towns within those counties representing 75 percent of the incorporated population adopt resolutions opposing the opt-out, the county would be precluded from opting out.

The bill is currently scheduled for public hearing in the House Local Government Committee at 1:30pm on February 8.