JULY Sustainable Development Roundtable
Wednesday July 30th, 2014
Last year's US Metro Economies report by Global Insight projected population growth at 39% over the next 30 years in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue. Since 2000 the majority of population growth in Washington has been focused in western Washington, specifically in King, Pierce, and Snohomish County. This growth has the potential to boost an already improving economy but will test the regions infrastructure, housing stock, and thresholds of comfort with regards to change.
Sprawl is an issue that has been, and will continue to be, addressed as a problem within the region as this growth occurs. Vehicle miles traveled has grown four times faster than population in the Puget Sound region. Sprawling development separates housing from stores, offices, services, and education forcing people to drive. Encouraging urban density and smart regional development is an intelligent alternative to suburban sprawl.
This discussion will be highlighted by presentations from Hilary Franz of Futurewise and Roger Valdez of Smart Growth Seattle and will be followed with a focused discussion on how the development community can get involved in changing the tone of density, how to best approach zoning changes, better financial tools for developers, affecting regulation, and other topics.
Roger Valdez - Smart Growth Seattle
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