|HB 1636-S2 - DIGEST|
|(DIGEST AS ENACTED)|
Finds that transferring development rights is a market-based technique that encourages the voluntary transfer of growth from places where a community would like to see less development, referred to as sending areas, to places where a community would like to see more development, referred to as receiving areas. Under this technique, permanent deed restrictions are placed on the sending area properties to ensure that the land will be used only for approved activities such as farming, forest management, conservation, or passive recreation. Also under this technique, the costs of purchasing the recorded development restrictions are borne by the developers who receive the building credit or bonus.
Determines that it is good public policy to build upon existing transfer of development rights programs, pilot projects, and private initiatives that foster effective use of transferred development rights through the creation of a market-based program that focuses on the central Puget Sound region.
Requires the department to submit recommendations, findings, and legislative recommendations according to the following schedule: (1) By December 1, 2007, the department shall notify the governor and the appropriate committees of the legislature of any recommended actions for advancing the purposes of this act; and
(2) By December 1, 2008, the department shall notify the governor and the appropriate committees of the legislature of findings and legislative recommendations to implement a regional transfer of development rights program.