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Published on Saturday, January 20, 2018

Bill would authorize fees to cover long-range planning

HB 2599, sponsored by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D-Burien) would authorize local governments to collect reasonable fees from an applicant for a permit or other governmental approval to cover the cost of long-range planning. Under current law the fees are to cover the costs of issuing and administering building and land use related permits and approvals, but not for the underlying work that goes into developing comprehensive plans and development regulations.

This could be a beneficial local option for cities looking for ways to help cover some of the costs of long-range planning. Typically those cost are covered though a city’s general fund.

The bill is scheduled for public hearing in the House Environment Committee at 8 am on Thursday, January 25.