McCaslin ‘tiny house’ proposal passes House of Representatives

'Our local jurisdictions need more options to solve their own affordable housing and homelessness issues,' says McCaslin

Legislation passed the Washington State House of Representatives today that would allow tiny house communities to be part of an affordable housing incentive program under the state's Growth Management Act (GMA).

Rep. Bob McCaslin, R-Spokane Valley, sponsored the bill to give local jurisdictions more flexibility when addressing housing affordability and homelessness.

“Our local jurisdictions need more options to solve their own affordable housing and homelessness issues,” said McCaslin. “The one-size-fits-all approach rarely solves a problem as complicated as homelessness and the housing crisis. What may work for Seattle may not work for Liberty Lake. I want our cities and counties to have flexibility. My bill isn't the silver bullet that's going to solve housing and homelessness, but it certainly can be another tool in the toolbox and give more options.”

Jurisdictions that fully plan under the GMA are allowed to enact affordable housing incentive programs to provide for the development of low-income housing units. McCaslin's proposal, House Bill 2001, would allow tiny house communities to be part of those incentive programs.

Under McCaslin's original bill, tiny house communities would be allowed outside a jurisdiction's Urban Growth Area (UGA). However, the bill was amended in the House Local Government Committee to delete this allowance.

The mostly-remote, 60-day 2022 legislative session is scheduled to end March 10.

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