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Welcome to AWC’s online library of Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice news articles and other updates.

22

Jan

2016

Expanding the transit-oriented SEPA authority

Former AWC Board Member Rep. Jake Fey (D-Tacoma) introduced HB 2763 to extend the sunset of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) provisions that allow for a protection from appeal for projects near transit hubs that are consistent with certain planned actions.

7

Feb

2014

SEPA requirements for cultural resources

HB 2709 moved out of committee this week with a last minute amendment from the chair, Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D-Burien).

7

Feb

2014

Status of bills as we reach the first cut-off

Today, February 7 is the deadline for policy bills (i.e. not budget/fiscal related) to pass out of committee.

31

Jan

2014

Cultural resources public records act exemptions

In the course of our discussions around SEPA streamlining in the last few years, there have been concerns about ensuring appropriate protection of cultural and archaeological resources.

31

Jan

2014

SEPA and cultural resources

HB 2709 would reinstitute the requirement to perform SEPA review for cultural resources and archaeology, on all project and non-project actions that were exempted by the recent SEPA rulemakings and HB 6406 from 2011.

10

Jan

2014

SEPA traffic mitigation fees on projects outside of a city

HB 2161 would prohibit a city from levying SEPA fees to mitigate traffic impacts on projects that are located outside city boundaries unless they have an interlocal agreement in place with the city or county where the project is located.

1

Mar

2013

SEPA requirements for cultural resources

Last week we updated you on a bill from Rep. John McCoy (HB 1809) that rolls back some of the gains of our SEPA reform bill from last year.

22

Feb

2013

SEPA and utility latecomer fees

HB 1717 is expected to come out of committee on February 22, ahead of the cutoff.

15

Feb

2013

Rollback of new SEPA rules

A late-breaking bill this session (HB 1809) appears to roll back a number of advances secured by the passage of our SEPA reform provisions in SB 6406 last year.

8

Feb

2013

Utility latecomer fees added to upfront SEPA proposal

The business community has asked us to consider some additional changes to HB 1104 which will allow cities to use latecomer fees to recover the cost of upfront environmental review for a planned action or infill areas within a city.

25

Jan

2013

SEPA latecomer fees

On January 24, AWC testified in support of our priority legislation (HB 1104) enabling cities to recover the cost of upfront environmental review for a planned action or infill area within a city. 

11

Jan

2013

SEPA committee gears up for round two

Stakeholders from around the state met on January 10 with the Department of Ecology (Ecology) to begin to prepare for the second phase of SEPA rulemaking.

9

Nov

2012

SEPA rule published

The Department of Ecology has officially submitted their proposed SEPA rule changes, publishing the proposal in the state register on November 7.

28

Sep

2012

SEPA draft proposal released - advisory committee heading into the final stretch

Our work with the Department of Ecology (Ecology) to update and increase SEPA categorical exemptions continues.

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