Yet, there was a notable exception: HB 1224
, an act relating to allowing a county legislative authority to withdraw from voluntary planning under the Growth Management Act (GMA).Over the last seventeen years, similar bills were introduced and failed; it became a session tradition. This session, the counties and Futurewise came to an agreement that is contained in the latest version of HB 1224
. The bill allows a county of certain population (Garfield, Pend Oreille, Ferry and Columbia) to opt out of the GMA if it is currently in compliance with certain requirements of the GMA.This authority sunsets on December 31, 2015.
The Department of Commerce must review the application to withdraw to determine whether the requirements are met.
The bill passed 75-19 in the House and 49-0 in the Senate.The bill still needs the concurrence of the House as it was amended in the Senate.
The Governor is expected to sign it.