Public hearing scheduled for Rep. April Connors’ bill to increase supply of housing

On Thursday, Jan. 25, at 8:00 a.m., the House Housing Committee has scheduled a public hearing for a bill sponsored by Rep. April Connors that would expand urban growth area (UGA) boundaries to allow for the construction of residential housing.

House Bill 2158 would amend the Growth Management Act (GMA) to require local governments to expand urban growth area boundaries, so that any parcel near a residential parcel with access to urban services can be developed for residential purposes.

“This simple reform would significantly improve our state’s ability to close the housing supply deficit,” said Connors, R-Kennewick. “As the state with the fewest housing units per household in the nation, we need to aggressively pursue pro-housing policies. Our state’s limited housing supply is pushing homeownership out of reach for far too many Washington families – we can and must do better.”

Washington will need 1.1 million new homes over the next 20 years, according to the Washington State Department of Commerce.

The hearing will be streamed live on TVW here: tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2024011484

Members of the public can testify in person, remotely, note their position for the legislative record, submit written testimony, and/or send a comment about this bill to their legislators.

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