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Published on Friday, January 30, 2015

New GMA mandate proposed

SB 5604 from Sen. Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood) expands the buildable lands reporting program and makes it a requirement in every county in the state. It would require new land capacity analysis that would subtract all lands that are not developable because of critical areas, lack of infrastructure and other criteria. It would preclude cities from eligibility for growth management related grants until this work is done. AWC participated in a workgroup over the summer hosted by the Department of Commerce that dealt with these issues and recommended further discussion but no legislation.

This bill is scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Government Operations & Security Committee at 10 am on Tuesday, February 3. AWC will oppose this unfunded mandate.