Gov. Inslee signs Rep. Andrew Barkis’ bill seeking exemptions to infill development under the State Environmental Policy Act into law

A bill that will create exemptions for infill development under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday.

House Bill 2673 was introduced by Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia.

“This bill is a product of extensive stakeholder work. It brought people together who generally disagree on growth management act matters,” said Barkis. “This bill alleviates some of the redundancies and time delays encountered by developers. It allows for flexibility with local options for jurisdictions who want to plan for growth. This is a valuable tool for local governments to promote urban redevelopment and do more infill development which in turn produces more affordable housing.”

Barkis' bill will:

  • Modifies the local categorical State Environmental Policy Act exemption for infill development to include development in areas where current density and intensity of use is roughly equal to or lower than projections in a local government's growth management act comprehensive plan.

The bill passed the Legislature with strong bipartisan support. It will go into effect later this year.

The 2020 legislative session adjourned on March 12.


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