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Published on Friday, January 27, 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. A similar bill was introduced last year that was opposed by AWC and others because it allowed for a very broad range of uses outside of UGAs. This version of the bill is more restrictive and specifically precludes facilities for coal, liquefied natural gas and crude oil. If you have concerns with this bill please share them with Carl Schroeder.