WSBO Call for Comments

The Washington State Broadband Office (WSBO) is preparing for the second and final round of funding under monies made available by the American Recovery Plan Act. While the second round will not be released until sometime in November of 2022, with this notice, WSBO is soliciting comments on important issues that will inform WSBO in crafting scoring requirements for the Fall Notice of Funding Opportunity (NoFO) as well as certain…

Community Reinvestment Account Plan Development

Community Reinvestment Account Plan Development

The Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Office of Equity and community partners, is responsible for building a plan by July 2023 to describe how funds will be invested to address racial, economic, and social disparities in communities across the state created by the historical design and enforcement of state and federal criminal laws and penalties for drug possession. These dollars will be distributed by Commerce as $100 million…

Middle Housing Team

Middle Housing Team

A new Middle Housing Team has been created in Growth Management Services. The team will help cities encourage new moderate-density housing options.

2021 Awardee – Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe Housing Solutions Study

2021 Awardee – Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe Housing Solutions Study

Smart Housing Strategies Award: For creative plans, policies, programs and/or actions The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe Housing Solutions Study determined housing requirements for tribal elders, families, transitional households, and a casino and resort workforce. The study exceeded planning principles for public participation and provided four strategic actions to be taken by the Tribe in the creation of a tribal housing plan which was created using grant funding awarded by the Administration…

2022 Governor’s Smart Communities Award winners announced

2022 Governor’s Smart Communities Award winners announced

OLYMPIA, WA —Eight Washington cities have been named Smart Communities Award winners for 2022. Launched in 2006, the Governor’s Smart Communities Awards program annually recognizes local governments and their partners for exceptional work in implementing the state’s Growth Management Act (GMA) to shape future growth, economic vitality and quality of life in communities across Washington. Award winners can serve as models for other communities on solutions to issues of statewide…

2021 Awardee – City of Lacey Pre-Approved Accessory Dwelling Unit Plans

2021 Awardee – City of Lacey Pre-Approved Accessory Dwelling Unit Plans

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEJV5mq82Y4 Smart Housing Strategies Award: For creative plans, policies, programs and/or actions Small homes and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are part of the future for Lacey, which has experienced a population explosion in the last 10 years. The city, which is the largest in Thurston County, is taking a strategic approach to building ADUs by providing pre-approved plans. The addition of ADUs on existing properties alongside older-style homes throughout neighborhoods…

2021 Awardee – City of Olympia Transportation Master Plan

2021 Awardee – City of Olympia Transportation Master Plan

Smart Climate Change Strategies Award: For plans, policies, programs and/or actions addressing community climate impacts. People have discovered Olympia, in a big way. Washington’s capital city is growing quickly, with about 1,000 new residents moving in every year. They come for work, life and to play outside, leaning into the city’s values and quirky culture. The shifts in where people work since the pandemic also means that small cities like…

2021 Awardee – Puget Sound Regional Council VISION 2050

2021 Awardee – Puget Sound Regional Council VISION 2050

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bi_G4ivS1A Some 1.5 million new people are expected to move into King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties in the next 30 years. Thanks to VISION 2050, the result of a three-year planning process by the Puget Sound Regional Council’s (PSRC) General Assembly, the region is better prepared to handle its anticipated growth. VISION 2050 incorporates multicounty planning policies and actions to create a growth strategy for the next 30 years.…