State loosens restrictions for small developments

January 8, 2013

By Staff

The state Department of Ecology recently changed development rules to give local governments, including Issaquah and King County, more flexibility for small construction projects.

The rule change to the State Environmental Policy Act allows local governments more leeway to exempt minor construction projects from review under the law, such as small-scale residential housing developments, as well as certain agricultural, commercial office and school buildings.

The exemptions vary depending on whether a proposed project is located in a city, unincorporated areas inside urban growth boundaries or in a county required to plan under the state Growth Management Act. King County is required to plan under the state Growth Management Act.

The rule change also simplified the checklist required under the law.

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