Radio Report: Jacobsen bipartisan bills seek to make housing affordable


Making housing more affordable is the goal of two bipartisan bills introduced in Olympia. John Sattgast reports from the state Capitol.

 Radio Report Transcript

SATTGAST: Republican Representative Cyndy Jacobsen of Puyallup has introduced legislation she says could help to reduce the state's housing shortage and make homes more affordable.

JACOBSEN: “We in this state are short almost a quarter of a million units of housing. And we need to look at the supply side and look at bringing more land into play for being buildable.”

SATTGAST: Jacobsen's House Bill 1401 would allow cities and counties to expedite the housing permitting process based on local needs. The 25th District lawmaker is also proposing changes to the state's Growth Management Act under House Bill 1402 to adjust urban boundaries and allow more housing development.

JACOBSEN: “Both sides of the aisle are saying we really need to take a comprehensive look at the Growth Management Act, which has been in place since the nineties. And everywhere where they'd had a Growth Management Act in place, housing prices rise.”

SATTGAST: The bipartisan-sponsored bills are awaiting committee hearings.

John Sattgast, the state Capitol

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