Plans & Policy

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How the GMA’s ‘Vesting Loophole’ Works in Practice

This is the second installment of a three-part series that is breaking down what the Growth Management Act Vesting Loophole is, what it looks...
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Goodbye Farmland, Hello Mega-Mansions

How a major loophole in the Growth Management Act has allowed unnecessary sprawl and non-compliant development to gobble up our rural lands for decades. This...
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Growing a Neighborhood Around 130th Street Station

Light rail is coming to North Seattle at 130th Street in 2025. Thanks to advocacy by the many grassroots organizers involved in the Move...
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Dramatic Changes Demand New Priorities, Says Seattle Planning Commission

According to the advisory board, stakes are high for what may be the "most consequential" update to Seattle's comprehensive plan to date. Back in...
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Help Snohomish County Shape Future Communities Near Light Rail

On August 3rd, Snohomish County returned with a Summer Survey to continue their light rail planning process. When we last covered Snohomish County's Light...

Cities Announce Race to Zero Emissions by 2040 or Sooner

Participating mayors pledge to enlist an additional 1,000 cities to achieve net zero carbon emissions. July 29th, 2021 marked an important date that only the...

PSRC Housing Strategy Seeks to Galvanize Region to Action

In July, the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) released their draft three-pronged Regional Housing Strategy (RHS). The strategy is to be a collection of...
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King County Sets 2044 Growth Targets with Seattle and Bellevue at the Top

The future of jobs and housing growth in King County has been set. In late June, an obscure regional body known as the Growth...