A partisan spat erupted in the Senate yesterday over a bill introduced by 6th District Senator Chris Marr, according to this morning’s Spokesman Review and the newspaper’s Eye on Olympia blog. (see story here )
Marr’s bill is designed to create incentives for city or county jurisdictions to plan for denser developments linked to mass transit as way to reduce traffic in our state. The new program would provide grants to those cities and counties that participate.
Republican’s, on the other hand, said the bill goes too far in prescribing what landowners can do with their land. And while the original proposal is entirely voluntary, some of the opponents feel the legislation could be amended later to make it mandatory.
What do you think of Senator Marr’s proposal? Does it go too far, or is this incentive package address a real need in our region?