Radio Report: State House approves Barkis’ lot-splitting bill to foster affordable housing


As the 2024 legislative session began Monday, lawmakers wasted no time passing a bill that could help to increase affordable housing options across Washington state. John Sattgast reports.

 Radio Report Transcript

SATTGAST: House Bill 1245 would require cities to allow lot splitting. Under the bill, splitting a single residential lot into two lots would be legal as long as minimum requirements are met, such as lot size.

Olympia Representative Andrew Barkis says lot splitting could provide a readily available source of new housing at a time when Washington faces a deficit of more than a million homes over the next 20 years.

BARKIS: “We have the need for additional buildable lots to increase the supply of housing, especially affordable housing, Madam Speaker. And last year, with what we did with middle housing and ADUs, well, this is the sweet spot. This bill will help that even more so by providing those buildable lands for those particular units to be built.”

SATTGAST: It was one of the first bills to pass the House this session, which opened at noon on Monday. The vote was 94 to 4. It now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

John Sattgast, the state Capitol.

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