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Published on Friday, February 8, 2013

Working waterfront bill returns

Sen. Ranker’s (D–Orcas Island) bill to establish the “Working Waterfront Redevelopment Jobs Act” has returned. SB 5545, similar to SB 6170 from last year, is a far-ranging proposal providing for permit streamlining in marine redevelopment areas. Among other items, this proposal removes the authority of local governments to require substantial development permits under the Shoreline Management Act or permits under the Growth Management Act for projects that meet the standards laid out in the bill. The Department of Fish & Wildlife is given authority to permit certain developments that meet the standards in the bill.

This year’s proposal does contain a series of items that cities had requested in the previous year’s bill, namely that a city could provide notice to the Department that the project doesn’t meet local development regulations and the Department must prohibit that development from using the new process. Projects requiring an environmental impact statement are also prohibited.

Please provide any thoughts to Carl Schroeder. The bill will be heard on Feb 13.