Less Government, Lower Taxes and More Freedom – 2014 Legislative Session Day 17

My first meeting of the day is in the Local Government Committee where we’re hearing four bills and may take Executive Action on four bills. House Bill 2234 modifies provisions in the Growth Management Act to provide that, with certain exceptions, permit applications or permits based on an invalidated part or parts of a comprehensive plan or development regulation are void and do not confer vested rights.

House Bill 2245 delays vesting of certain development rights when territory has been added to an urban growth area (UGA): (1) until 60 days after adoption of the comprehensive plan, development regulation, or amendment that modified the boundaries of the UGA; or (2) until resolution of any petition for review to the Growth Management Hearings Board (Board) challenging the adopted comprehensive plan, development regulation, or amendment and provides that, if the Board issues a finding of noncompliance and an order of remand in response to a petition challenging an adopted comprehensive plan, development regulation, or amendment that modified the boundaries of a UGA, the validity of the plan, regulation, or amendment is affected during the period of remand.

House Bill 2288 prohibits the Growth Management Hearings Board from hearing petitions challenging the regulation of the public groundwater withdrawals that are exempt from permit requirements governing public groundwater withdrawals.

House Bill 2499 requires counties that have a population of at least 500,000, abut at least five other counties, and are required or choose to plan under the Growth Management Act (GMA), to permit schools outside of designated urban growth areas (UGA) when specified criteria are met and establishes planning actions that counties must satisfy in complying with the requirement to permit schools outside of UGAs.

The four bills that may be considered for Executive Action include House Bills 2298, 2278, 2433, and 2547.

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