Chapter advocacy efforts

The chapter’s advocacy efforts are guided by American Planning Association Policy Guides and Policy Principles, which cover the whole United States, and the Washington Chapter’s annual Legislative Agenda.
This survey is intended to help the legislative committee develop next year’s legislative agenda, which is ultimately considered and adopted by the chapter board of directors.

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* 1. Specific issues rise and fall on the legislature’s list of priorities for attention each session. Court cases (e.g. Hirst), emergencies (e.g. opiates), and expiration/renewals (e.g. document recording surcharge for homelessness), and groundswells (e.g. tolling) can all drive specific issues to the forefront in a given year.

Setting aside the particulars of any given year’s hot topics, what issues should be the focus of the chapter’s long-term advocacy efforts?

  Higher priority Lower priority Avoid
Annexation, governance, and special districts
Buildable lands and growth targets
Climate change
Comprehensive plans
Development regulations/zoning code
Economic development
Fish and wildlife habitat
Food systems
Hazard mitigation
Infrastructure financing
Infrastructure planning
Local budgets and revenue authority
Parks and open space
Social equity and accessibility
State capital budget
State operating budget
Urban growth areas
Water quality
Water supply

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* 2. In 2017, the chapter’s legislative agenda covered the following topics. Which ones should be carried over for 2018? Refer to the agenda document for the full language.

  Keep - high priority Keep - low priority Drop
Support funding for planning – provide local authority to fund some long range planning work through permit fees
Climate change – stronger, clearer greenhouse gas reduction benchmarks
Climate change – mechanisms to achieve benchmarks
Climate change – incorporate climate impacts and greenhouse gas reduction benchmarks in planning and analysis
Look to APA-WA for support for Collaborative Road Map project
Support resources for Collaborative Road Map project - Note: the project has not yet requested funds
Locate public facilities, e.g. schools, near the population they serve
Support resources and collaborative efforts to address school siting issues
State incentives and regulatory simplification to encourage annexations
State funding, local funding authority, and loan programs for infrastructure
State funding for affordable housing and homelessness – Note: the legislature extended homelessness program funding in 2018 (SB 5254)
Legislative response to Hirst and Foster decisions – Note: the legislature adopted a response to Hirst in 2018 (ESSB 6091)

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* 3. What new topics should be considered for the chapter's 2018 legislative agenda?

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* 4. Contact information (optional)