Washington International Law Journal


Beginning in the 1970s, a number of states began adopting state wide growth management statutes. In response to increasing population pressures, Washington State enacted its Growth Management Act ("GMA") in 1990. This article examines the GMA's requirements for comprehensive plans, its enforcement and appeals provisions, and the relationship of the GMA to other Washington State laws, including the State Environmental Policy Act and the Shoreline Management Act. The GMA has significantly changed the land use planning process in Washington, and its effects can already be seen in wide spread protection of critical areas, the designation of urban growth policies, and local plans to focus growth.

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