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Vital Growth Management Bills Move to the Senate

Washington Can't Wait Week of Action is March 15th-19th. It’s the third quarter of the Washington Legislative session. The body’s major (self-imposed) hurdle has been...
Some Douglas firs and Mount Tahoma frame National Park Inn wooden lodge in Longmire.

Five Concepts That Will Change Planning and Growth Management in Washington

Comprehensive updates pushing the 30-year-old Growth Management Act to be adaptive, inclusive, equitable, and actionable. When the Washington legislative session begins in less than a...

Mixed Bag Bills Could Weaken Growth Management Act

Late last month, the Washington State Legislature took rushed steps in passing two bills that deal with the Growth Management Act (GMA). One of...

Washington Republicans Mount All-Out Assault On Growth Management

Washington state Republicans have mounted an all-out assault on the state's Growth Management Act (GMA). More than a half-dozen bills have been proposed seeking...

Sunday Video: 25 Years Of The Growth Management Act

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA), King County highlights how this legislation was instrumental in guiding careful planning to...

Washington State Hits 7.7 Million with 14.6% Growth in 2020 Census

The United States Census bureau released its decennial population figures today and revealed that Washington state's 7,705,281 residents represents 14.6% growth or nearly one...
A view of development along SR-7 in Pierce County. (Google Maps)

Pierce County Updates Plans for Central Urban Growth Areas

In October, the Pierce County Council adopted updates to the community plans of Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland, and South Hill that should encourage denser development...
Snohomish County suburban sprawl. A view of 192 Place SE located within the unincorporated Bothell urban growth area. This is one of many private streets in this development, a mechanism that allows for the construction and upkeep of the road to be placed on homeowners associations instead of a municipality. (Photo by Ray Dubicki)

A Clearview of the Urban Growth Boundary

Snohomish County is weighing a 15-square mile expansion of its urban growth boundary in an area called the Clearview Cluster. Even now, suburban sprawl...