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No. The statutory prohibition on annexing territory outside an urban growth areas all-inclusive. It makes no exception for municipal purpose annexations, even though there may be valid policy reasons to exclude such annexations from this prohibition.  RCW 35.13.005 ; RCW 35A....
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Yes, under regulatory reform legislation adopted in 1995. RCW 36.70A.480 (1) states in part that the goals and policies of a shoreline master program of a city or county "shall be considered an element of the county or city's comprehensive plan" adopted under the Growth Manag...
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Yes. A capital facilities plan is required before expending either the first quarter percent REET funds, authorized by RCW 82.46.010 (2) or the second quarter percent REET funds authorized by RCW 82.46.035 .  Note that the rate at which it can be levied and the uses to whic...
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The GMA does not have a specific requirement for a minimum or an average density of four houses per acre in urban areas. It does have goals that direct local jurisdictions to reduce low density sprawl, and it has requirements for the establishment of urban growth areas where u...
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Although RCW 36.70A.070 (6)(b) requires local jurisdictions subject to the GMA to adopt and enforce transportation concurrency ordinances, the statutes are not specific about the type of ordinance necessary to implement concurrency. Many cities are adopting separate concurren...
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The answer is, generally, yes. RCW 36.70A.110 (4) provides that it is not appropriate for urban governmental services to be extended to or expanded in rural areas. RCW 36.70A.030 (18) makes it clear that water and sewer service are urban governmental services. There is an e...
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The word "concurrency" appears in RCW 36.70A.070 which clearly requires concurrency for arterials and transit. There is no specific requirement that other types of facilities be provided "concurrent" with development elsewhere in GMA. However, the goal statement in RCW 36....
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The receipts from the first quarter percent (REET 1) can be spent on "any capital purpose identified in a capital improvements plan and local capital improvements, including those listed in RCW 35.43.040 ." RCW 82.46.010 (2). RCW 35.43.040 lists projects for which local i...
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RCW 36.70A.060 (4) states that "agricultural land located within urban growth areas (UGAs) shall not be designated by a county or city as ... agricultural land of long-term commercial significance ... unless the city has enacted a program authorizing transfer or purchase of ...
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No. Impact fees cannot be used to cover the full cost of new facilities. The statute authorizing impact fees under GMA is RCW 82.02.050 , which provides as follows:   Counties, cities and towns that are required or choose to plan under RCW 36.70A.040 are authorized to im...
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No. Impact fees are strictly optional. The Growth Management Act requires that cities plan for future growth and provide the facilities necessary for accommodating that growth. Impact fees provide another way for cities and counties to pay for these facilities. For more info...
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The Growth Management Act contains a provision requiring all cities and counties to designate and take measures to protect natural areas of critical ecological value ( RCW 36.70A.170  and RCW 36.70A.060 (2)). These critical areas include: wetlands; areas with a critical recha...
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Based on RCW 82.02.050 (4), it is clear that public facilities must be included in a capital facilities plan element of a comprehensive plan before they can be paid for with Growth Management Act impact fees. The Growth Management Act states that impact fees can be used for p...
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Any county or city that is required to fully  plan under the Growth Management Act ( RCW 36.70A.040 (1)) may impose the second quarter percent of the real estate excise tax. Any county choosing to plan under the Growth Management Act ( RCW 36.70A.040 (2)) and the cities ...
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Revenues from the first quarter percent (REET 1) may be spent only on capital projects in a capital facilities plan element of a comprehensive plan. RCW 82.46. 010(2). RCW 82.46.010 (6) lists these projects and the list seems to include everything a city or county might eve...
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No. HB 1653 (Ch. 107, Laws of 2010) was enacted in response to a confusing Washington State Supreme Court decision, Futurewise v. Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board , 164 Wn.2d 242 (2008). This legislation addresses the integration of the SMA and GMA wit...
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A city may not, except in very limited circumstances, extend sewer service to a property not within its UGA, even if that property is contiguous to the city limits. RCW 36.70A.110(4) generally prohibits the extension of urban type services such as sewer lines outside a UGA ...
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No. The Growth Management Act does not establish specific buffers or setbacks for wetlands and streams. The Department of Ecology has established standard buffer widths as statewide standards for Category I, II, III and IV wetlands (see Department of Commerce  Critical Areas ...
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Although RCW 36.70A.070 (6)(b) requires local jurisdictions to adopt and enforce concurrency ordinances, the statutes are not specific about the type of ordinance necessary to implement concurrency. Many cities are adopting separate concurrency ordinances to implement their ...
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Watershed planning under chapter 90.82 RCW provides an optional, locally driven, collaborative process to address issues related to water use. It is separate from but related to planning under the Growth Management Act (GMA). Watershed planning provides a structure for inte...
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