Washington State Growth Management Hearings Board
The Growth Management Hearings Board is authorized to "hear and determine" allegations that a city, county, or state agency has not complied with the goals and requirements of the Growth Management Act, Shoreline Management Act, and State Environmental Policy Act. In order to recognize regional differences, the Legislature originally created three Growth Management Hearings Boards: the Eastern Board for counties and cities east of the Cascade Mountains; the Central Puget Sound Board for the four Central Puget Sound counties and the cities within these counties; and the Western Board for all other counties and cities west of the Cascade Mountains. Each Board was a quasi-judicial panel comprised of three individuals appointed by the Governor for staggered six-year terms.
On March 25, 2010 the Governor signed SSB 6214 which consolidated the three boards into one. The bill left intact the regional structure to hear cases in the three regions from which they arose.