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Updating Housing WACs

Commerce, Department of
Title of action
Updating Housing WACs
Date significant agency action was initiated
Monday, May 1, 2023
Significant legislative rules
Brief description of significant agency actions for which the agency is initiating an environmental justice assessment.
This project involves updating the Washington Administrative Codes to implement 17 pieces of legislation recently adopted that change portions of the Growth Management Act with many actions intended to make housing more affordable and accessible to people of all income levels. The burden of complying with these rules falls upon municipalities and the changes will be directly relevant to individuals in cities and counties required to implement new housing policies. These rule changes do not apply to Native American Tribes.
Methods for providing public comment for agency consideration as part of the environmental justice assessment.
We have an email list of interested parties numbering almost 200. We update and communicate through this list, as well as through our online portal. We intend to have two virtual public listening sessions once a full draft is available. We will accept public feedback at these listening sessions and online and will have a 30-to-60-day comment period. A public hearing is also required as part of the Rulemaking process.