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Published on Friday, January 12, 2018

Religious property zoning bill comes back

HB 1987 sponsored by Rep. Joan McBride (D-Kirkland) requires a city to provide a two-times density bonus to low-income housing developments that are proposed on lands owned by religious institutions.

Rep. McBride has expressed an openness to amending her bill to soften the requirement – cities would still be asked to provide a density bonus but it would only have to be “consistent with local needs.” We hope this will provide sufficient flexibility to make this requirement workable for cities. If you have concerns about this approach, please contact Carl Schroeder.

The bill is scheduled for public hearing in the House Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee at 10 am on Tuesday, January 16.

Categories: Housing