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Complete Streets Flourishing in Washington

Complete Streets Flourishing in Washington

Many Washington cities, towns, and counties have implemented complete streets programs to encourage safe access for all users, regardless of mode of transit. These programs vary from place to place, each meeting the specialized needs of local communities. 

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Parking Reform: Part 2

Parking Reform: Part 2

Increasingly, many local governments are shifting away from requiring too much off-street parking, citing social, economic, and/or environmental reasons. What tools can these communities use to better manage existing parking supply and to anticipate future needs?

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Parking Reform Advances Climate Action, Housing Affordability, and More: Part 1

Parking Reform Advances Climate Action, Housing Affordability, and More: Part 1

While parking is an important commodity for a community, too much parking can prevent the land from being used for another purpose, encourage excess car travel, and possibly make other forms of transportation, like biking or walking, both more complicated and dangerous.

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2022 Growth Management Act-Related Bills

2022 Growth Management Act-Related Bills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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