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

10

Feb

2017

Affordable housing and homelessness bills in play

As of February 10, HB 1570 (Increasing homelessness funding) and HB 1797 (Generating new local option revenue sources for affordable housing) were in negotiations and still in the House Community Development and Housing Committee.

3

Feb

2017

Bill gives new authority to Boundary Review Boards

Under current law Boundary Review Boards (BRBs) can take certain specified actions when they review an annexation.

3

Feb

2017

Authorizing manufactured housing communities outside of Urban Growth Areas (UGAs)

SB 5615 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Local Government Committee on February 7.

27

Jan

2017

Extension of transit-oriented SEPA authority

HB 1740 extends a targeted authority that restricts State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) appeals of certain projects near transit lines that are within a planned action area designated by a city.

27

Jan

2017

Authorizing rail dependent uses outside of Urban Growth Areas

HB 1504 would provide clear authority to site rail dependent uses outside of Urban Growth areas (UGAs) adjacent to short-line railroads and allow more intensive development to support those uses.

20

Jan

2017

Major homelessness funding and GMA buildable lands bill up for hearing on January 26

A proposal we have been expecting and talking to proponents about for months has now been introduced and will be heard on January 26.

6

Jan

2017

School siting conversation begins anew

Despite coming close to agreement at the end of the last legislative session, school districts promoting expanded opportunities to cite schools outside of urban growth areas have introduced a bill (HB 1017) which takes a whole new approach.

30

Sep

2016

House Local Government Committee hears about Growth Management Act

Rep. Sherry Appleton (D-Poulsbo) convened the House Local Government Committee on September 20 to hear from interested parties about the pros and cons of the state’s Growth Management Act (GMA).

28

Apr

2016

Changes to GMA fail. School siting, vesting and eminent domain may return in 2017

It was a busy session in the land use arena. But it was also a year that fit the old adage “don’t mistake activity for progress.”

19

Feb

2016

Cutoff time allows us to narrow our focus

A magical time in the life of your AWC lobbyists is when the Legislature's deadlines cut down on the number of bills that must be tracked on a daily basis.

12

Feb

2016

One school siting bill still alive

Bills to authorize and mandate the ability to site schools outside of urban growth areas have all died in the House, but one proposal still lingers in the Senate.

12

Feb

2016

GMA unfunded mandate still in Senate Rules

SB 6420 extends an unfunded GMA mandate that currently applies only in the six most populous counties to all GMA planning cities.

22

Jan

2016

Proposal for new unfunded Growth Management Act mandate emerges

A new proposal, SB 6420, adds substantial new requirements for buildable lands reports and expands this unfunded mandate to the entire state.

22

Jan

2016

Promoting railroads through GMA

Sen. Don Benton (R-Vancouver) and Rep. Liz Pike (R-Camas) have introduced companion bills SB 6334/HB 2468 that would promote “freight rail dependent uses” in the Growth Management Act (GMA).

22

Jan

2016

Watershed improvement districts

HB 2616 provides that GMA planning cities must allow watershed improvement districts to “perform watershed management actions.”
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