MRSC Insight Blog
Posts for November 2016
In the second of this 2-part series on recent ballot results, MRSC's Steve Hawley looks at levies, bonds, and an effort to institute an income tax in the city of Olympia.
In the recent general election, voters got the chance to weigh in on many important issues statewide. This post will focus on election results for city and county charter amendments, advisory votes, and other non-financial measures.
One approach used by a number of cities to increase the supply of affordable housing is called "inclusionary zoning," which requires affordable units to be included within new residential development projects or requires payment for construction of affordable units elsewhere.
The commercial purpose restriction in the PRA restricts agencies from providing lists of individuals for a commercial purpose. Open Government Advisor Nancy Krier discusses the April 2016 SEIU 775 case, and several developments that have happened since then, that impact the commercial purpose restriction.
This is the fourth part of a five-part series discussing the state Supreme Court’s decision in Whatcom County v. Hirst. This article considers the potential impact of Hirst on counties that do not plan under the GMA and whether Hirst has application to issues other than water.
This is the third post of a five-part series discussing the Washington Supreme Court’s decision in Whatcom County v. Hirst. In Hirst, the Washington Supreme Court made clear that counties have the responsibility under the Growth Management Act to make determinations of water availability for development permit approval. This post discusses what exactly is a “determination of availability” and how it is different than a “determination of adequacy” under chapter 19.27 RCW.