County Council endorses state-level effort to ease rules on condos

first_imgThe Clark County Council has approved a resolution that encourages condominium construction and supports reducing the risk of builders getting sued.Condo construction has been an ongoing issue both in Clark County and throughout the state, leading state lawmakers to begin considering ideas to reform the state’s Condominium Act, which was enacted in 1989 and sets out rules for the construction and management of condos.The county council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Legislature’s efforts to amend the state’s Condominium Act in order to “address concerns about excessive litigation risk, and encourage construction of affordable condominiums while maintaining consumer protections.”“The efforts to reform the Condominium Act that are being pushed in Olympia are efforts to better resolve the issues for consumers,” said Councilor John Blom.The county resolution, introduced by Councilor Julie Olson, cites a 2016 report from the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington School of the Built Environment, which found that Washington law creates significant liabilities for condo developers, potentially creating a disincentive for development.The resolution also notes that Clark County’s population is expected to grow by 35 percent by 2040, and points to condos as an important part of the area’s housing stock to serve first-time homebuyers and older residents looking to downsize.last_img read more