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2022 Growth Management Act-Related Bills

2022 Growth Management Act-Related Bills

June 30, 2022  by  Lisa Pool
Category:  Environmental Policy and Management Comprehensive Planning-Growth Management Housing Rural Uses New Legislation and Regulations

New legislation related to the Growth Management Act (GMA) will expand tribal participation, limit appeals for actions to increase housing supply, change periodic update timelines, provide additional options for limited areas of more intense rural development (LAMIRDs), and more.

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A Primer on Safe Parking Programs for People Experiencing Homelessness

A Primer on Safe Parking Programs for People Experiencing Homelessness

March 31, 2022  by  Lisa Pool
Category:  Homelessness

Safe parking programs are operated on behalf of people who use a vehicle as their residence. They give users a sense of security while also connecting them to critical human and social services. 

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New Resources Help Local Governments Reduce Climate Impacts, Build Resilient Communities

New Resources Help Local Governments Reduce Climate Impacts, Build Resilient Communities

February 17, 2022  by  Lisa Pool
Category:  Climate Change MRSC News and Updates

All across Washington State local governments are wondering how they can better prepare their communities for the negative impacts of climate change. Now, we are offering more tools and resources to push these efforts forward.

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New Interactive Map, Webpage Highlight Local Climate Plans

New Interactive Map, Webpage Highlight Local Climate Plans

January 14, 2022  by  Lisa Pool
Category:  Climate Change MRSC News and Updates

As part of its Local Climate Response Project, MRSC is pleased to unveil a new webpage featuring an interactive map and detailed information about specialized planning efforts being taken by local governments across Washington State. 

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New Report Reviews the Efficacy of Impact Fee Deferral Programs

New Report Reviews the Efficacy of Impact Fee Deferral Programs

November 8, 2021  by  Lisa Pool
Category:  Impact Fees

JLARC recently released a report detailing the success of local government impact fee deferral programs for the construction of new development, fees that are meant to help finance construction of new public facilities.

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As the Pandemic Recedes, Ghost Kitchens Are Here to Stay

As the Pandemic Recedes, Ghost Kitchens Are Here to Stay

October 7, 2021  by  Lisa Pool
Category:  Licensing and Regulation Development Regulations and Zoning

Ghost kitchens proliferated during the pandemic once dine-in options were curtailed and restaurants sought to make up lost revenue. With consumer demand still strong, local governments should assess whether their zoning codes address this concept. 

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2021 Housing and Planning-Related Legislative Outcomes

2021 Housing and Planning-Related Legislative Outcomes

August 16, 2021  by  Lisa Pool
Category:  Housing Impact Fees New Legislation and Regulations Homelessness

This blog post summarizes several housing and planning-related bills that were passed during the 2021 legislative session.  

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MRSC Welcomes New Public Policy Consultant Lisa Pool

MRSC Welcomes New Public Policy Consultant Lisa Pool

June 24, 2021  by  Lisa Pool
Category:  MRSC News and Updates

Formerly a senior planner with the City of Bellingham, Lisa Pool has joined MRSC as the new Public Policy Consultant.

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