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Ensuring adequacy of buildable lands and zoning in urban growth areas and providing funding for low-income housing and homelessness programs (Fain, Palumbo, Zeiger)

Provides funding for low-income housing and homelessness
programs and ensures adequacy of buildable lands and zoning
in urban growth areas.

1ST SUBSTITUTE COMPARED TO ORIGINAL:
-Removes a new provision requiring counties and cities to evaluate the adequacy of land within UGAs suitable for new or expanded public schools and industrial uses by port districts.
-Restores a provision allowing county auditors to retain 2 percent of the local homeless housing and assistance surcharge.
-Restores an exemption from the local homeless housing and assistance surcharge for documents recording a birth, marriage, divorce, or death.
-Adds an exemption from the local homeless housing and assistance surcharge for documents recording a water-sewer district lien for nonpayment for water-sewer services.

EFFECT OF CHANGES MADE BY WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE (Second Substitute):
-Changes the definition of reasonable measure to actions to reduce, rather than reconcile, differences between growth assumptions in planning policies/ comprehensive plans and actual development patterns, rather than with the buildable lands report.
-Removes the addition of an economic analysis requirement for counties and cities failing to meet 5 percent annual assigned growth.
-Adds Eastern WA counties and cities with 400,000-plus populations in 2010 as required to conduct the review and evaluation program.
-Replaces the urban land institute with a land use and economics entity capable of assisting developers and policy makers understand near-term market realities and long-term planning considerations and with experience facilitating successful conversations between multiple local governments and stakeholders on complex land use issues to develop local government guidance on the evaluation program with Commerce.
-Subjects the guidance developed by Commerce and a land use and economics entity to appropriated funds.
-Makes the review and evaluation program updates in the bill subject to appropriated funds; if no funds are appropriated then counties and cities are subject to the program as it existed prior to the effective date of the Act.
-Removes cities from OFM's annual population trends report; city information may be included if readily available.
-Exempts documents recording the satisfaction of a lien for delinquent utility payments from the surcharge for local homeless housing and assistance.
-Extends the $40 document surcharge for local homeless housing and assistance from 2027 to 2029.
-Allows cities in King County the option of imposing the Housing and Essential Needs local option sales tax after October 2017 if King County does not impose the tax.

Hearing Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 -- 1:30 pm

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5254&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)