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GMA Housing Rulemaking

Summary

 

The Washington State Department of Commerce is updating administrative rules for the Growth Management Act to address recent legislation on housing, permitting, development regulations, urban growth areas, and rural development.

Growth Management Services (GMS) is actively working with local governments and other stakeholders to ensure local comprehensive plans and development regulations plan for and accommodate housing affordable to all economic segments of the population in Washington. Planning for housing now requires an inclusive and equity-driven approach to meet the housing needs for all residents at all income levels. Rulemaking will reflect recommendations in the technical guidance that GMS developed to support local government planning for increased densities, housing types, and considerations of displacement, exclusion and racially disparate impacts in local housing policies.

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Bills Included in WAC Update Bill Title Legislative Session
ESHB 1042 Allows converting existing buildings for residential purposes. 2023
SHB 1043 Revises the recording-keeping rules for apartment owners and associations. 2023
E2SHB 1110 Increases middle housing in areas traditionally dedicated to single-family detached housing. 2023
E2SHB 1220 Requires commerce to project housing needs by income segment, and requires local government to plan for and accommodate these needs through comprehensive planning and development regulations.  2021
ESHB 1293 Streamlines local design processes, requiring "clear and objective" standards that do not reduce development capacity otherwise allowed. 2023
SHB 1326 Waives municipal utility connection charges for certain properties. 2023
EHB 1337 Allows two ADUs per lot in all urban growth areas, with exceptions.  2023
SHB 1377 Provides bonus density for affordable housing development on property owned by a religious organization.  2019
HB 1695 Defines affordable housing for purposes of using surplus public property for public benefit. 2023
E2SHB 1923 Adds definitions related to housing under GMA. Sets parking limits for certain types of developments and reduces the opportunity for appeals under SEPA for actions that increased housing supply. Requires cities to allow permanent supportive housing in areas where multi-family housing is allowed.  2019
ESHB 1998 Relates to legalizing inexpensive housing options through co-living housing. 2024
SHB 2001 Expands the ability to build tiny houses.  2022
ESHB 2321 Modifies Middle Housing requirements, trailer bill to HB 1110. 2024
SB 5042 Provides an effective date of actions that expand an urban growth darea, establish a community or resort, or change a land designation. 2022
E2SSB 5258 Requires local governments to publish a schedule of impact fees which reflects the proportionate impact of new housing units.  2023
2ESSB 5275 Enhances opportunity in limited areas of more intense rural development (LAMIRD), providing that any development or redevelopment of building size, scale, use or intensity may be permitted within a LAMIRD, with exceptions. 2022
2SSB 5290 Makes changes to local government procedures for new housing permit processing, clarifying timelines around complete permit applications.  2023
2E2ESSB 5536 Recognizes opioid treatment programs, recovery residences, and harm reduction programs as essential public facilities for the purpose of local land use regulations.  2023
ESSB 5593 Requires that counties consider patterns of development when reviewing urban growth areas under the GMA, in addition to other criteria.  2022
SSB 5818 Requires the Washington State Department of Ecology to update SEPA rules relating to categorical exemptions for residential development, andlimits appeals under the state Environmental Policy Act and GMA. 2022
SSB 5834 Concerns urban growth area swaps. 2024
SSB 6015 Concerns parking configurations in residential areas.  2024
SSB 6140 Concerns more intensive rural development in limited areas. 2024
ESSB 6617 Adds new requirements related to accessory dwelling units (ADU) parking. 2020

 

 

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