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Land Use

Explainer: What’s an Environmental Impact Statement?

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) sounds like a highly technical and complex mechanism of governance. They take years, spiral into hundreds of pages with...

Washington’s Legislature Is Tackling Zoning Around Transit and For Missing Middle Housing

Housing and zoning reform is taking center stage in the Washington State Legislature. Today, a handful of bills will be heard in committee to...

Sunday Video: All 53 Vancouver SkyTrain Stations

RM Transit visits all 53 Vancouver SkyTrain stations. Though a bit long, the sped up video carries good discussion about the system's design, operations,...
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Cleaning Up Our (Growth Management) Act

When it comes to planning in the State of Washington, the Growth Management Act (GMA) is where we start. It determines where we can...

Moving the Ballard Bridge Will Remake Northwest Seattle for the Better

Prepare for light rail, slow down Interbay, and save 15th Avenue Imagine for a moment taking a pleasant walk from Ballard to Queen Anne. Coming...
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Call to Action: Weigh in on the Future of Seattle’s Industrial and Maritime Strategy

Seattleites have the opportunity to provide feedback on four alternatives guiding the future of our Industrial and Maritime lands during two upcoming public hearings:...
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Bateman, Macri, Das Propose Missing Middle Housing Bill Tackling Exclusionary Zoning Statewide

Washington could follow in the example of Oregon and California by chipping away at the predominance of single-family zoning across the state with new...
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Exploring Seattle’s Festival Streets

Recently, the City of Seattle released the final draft of the Crown Hill Urban Village Action Plan in which a pedestrian loop is proposed...