Salomon bill to prevent urban sprawl awaits governor’s signature

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Sen. Jesse Salomon D-Shoreline
In a blow against urban sprawl, the Legislature has passed a bill to lessen the impacts of development on natural resources, ecosystems and habitats.

Having earlier passed the Senate, Senate Bill 5042 was passed late Thursday by the House and now goes to Gov. Inslee to be signed into law.

Sponsored by Sen. Jesse Salomon (D-Shoreline), SB 5042 will protect communities from having to provide costly infrastructure for unplanned development by closing a problematic loophole in permitting.

“If a local government expands its urban growth boundaries into areas like farmland or forests, a permit to develop in that area gets vested under our existing laws, allowing a developer to proceed even if the local government’s decision is later found to be in violation of the Growth Management Act,” Salomon said. 
“Some counties are using this loophole to expand urban growth areas in violation of their own codes and to annex land that creates urban sprawl while circumventing review until after permits have been vested.”

Salomon’s bill extends the effective date of certain actions by local governments, providing the Growth Management Hearings Board more time to invalidate improper permits and block invalid developments.

“When developers proceed with projects that violate the GMA, taxpayers get stuck funding expensive infrastructure to serve development that skirted the system,” Salomon said. “Taxpayers shouldn’t be stuck paying for unplanned, unreasonable increases in infrastructure.”

Sen. Jesse Salomon, D-Shoreline, represents the 32nd Legislative District, which includes Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Seattle, Shoreline, Woodway, and unincorporated Snohomish County.


Anonymous,  March 6, 2022 at 1:22 PM  

As much as everyone likes to bash them, developers and not to blame in this situation. The local governments are at fault. The local governments are the ones that annex adjacent land and issue permits. If they issue a permit then they should be responsible for providing infrastructure.

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