Ericksen bills to encourage single-family construction in urban growth areas scheduled for public hearings

Senator Doug EricksenThree bills sponsored by Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, with the goal of preserving farmland and encouraging single-family home construction in urban growth areas will receive public hearings on Monday, Jan. 30.

The bills are before the Senate Government Operations, Tribal Relations and Elections Committee for consideration. The public hearings on Monday will be during the committee’s 10 a.m. meeting in Senate Hearing Room 2 – J.A. Cherberg Building, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia.

“Under land use planning guided by the state Growth Management Act (GMA), people are being forced to go outside of urban growth boundaries to build a single-family home,” Ericksen said. “In many cases, this is not their first choice of where to build and adds to the loss of farmland in Whatcom County.”

Ericksen’s bills to be heard on Monday are:

  • Senate Bill 6190– adding certainty to urban growth boundary designations
  • Senate Bill 6192– adding definitions of low-density sprawl and sprawl to the GMA
  • Senate Bill 6193 – requiring counties to use middle-range population projections when planning for population densities

After the hearings, citizens may watch and listen to testimony online at TVW (www.tvw.org) by clicking on Archives, Senate Committees, 2011-12, and then selecting the Government Operations, Tribal Relations and Elections Committee.