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Bill #:  6420

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Requiring cities to conduct land capacity evaluations

Companion bill #: No Companion Bill.

Senate - RULES - DEAD

Summary/AWC comments

AWC opposes this unfunded mandate that would require extensive and detailed data gathering and analysis for all cities planning under the Growth Management Act (GMA). 

This bill would require all cities and towns planning under the GMA to conduct a review of all the land parcels in their jurisdiction to identify lands suitable and available for development. This analysis would be used to determine if there is adequate land available to accommodate projected population growth.  As spelled out in the bill lands NOT available for development include:

  • lands where building is constrained by certain conditions including buffers for critical areas or shorelines,

  • parcels containing a building on the property that is valued at over $13,000, is tax exempt, or is a mobile home park; and

  • lands with a building value per acre above the twentieth percentile of building value per acre for all residential parcels within the UGAs in the county

If the assessment demonstrates that actual population densities and/or the amount of housing construction is inconsistent with city comprehensive plans, the county and its cities must adopt and implement measures that bring them into compliance with the GMA during the subsequent five-year period.  One prescribed measure would be to allow division of lands that are not yet served by sewer systems.

Latest version of bill:

Link to WA Legislative bill page

Official title:

AN ACT Relating to land capacity review and evaluation;


Roach, Takko

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AWC Contacts

Analyst:  Dave Catterson
Lobbyist:  Carl Schroeder

Issue Area

Land Use & Housing

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