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 Priorities.
This survey is intended to help the legislative committee update the chapter's legislative priorities, which will be considered and adopted by the chapter board of directors at their December meeting.

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* 1. In 2020, the chapter’s Legislative Priorities covered the following topics. Which ones should be carried over for 2021? Refer to the priorities document for the full language.

  Keep - high priority Keep - low priority Drop
Housing - stronger requirements for local housing elements and more state assistance
Housing and homelessness – support for the 2017 Housing Affordability Response Team Recommendations and Affordable Housing Advisory Board legislative agenda
Housing - expand availability of accessory dwelling units in urban areas
Housing - calculate graduated real estate excise tax on per-unit basis
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
State funding for local planning work
Equity in all policies (empowerment, access to opportunity, housing, and health)
Infrastructure – support loan programs, local funding authority and state funding for infrastructure
School siting – locate public facilities for urban users in urban areas
School siting – fund collaborative efforts to address siting challenges
Implement Road Map reforms and systemic changes
Infrastructure – support loan programs, local funding authority and state funding for infrastructure
Annexation – incentives and regulatory simplification to encourage annexations
Transportation – performance-based transportation planning
Transportation – sustainable revenue sources
Transportation – safety
Transportation – multimodal level of service
Transportation – state of good repair

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* 2. What new topics should be considered for the chapter's 2021 legislative agenda (or other comments)?

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* 3. Specific issues rise and fall on the legislature’s list of priorities for attention each session. Reports (e.g. Road Map), court cases (e.g. Hirst), emergencies (e.g. pandemic), and groundswells (e.g. social justice) 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 do you think the chapter’s long-term advocacy efforts should focus on?

  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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* 4. Contact information (optional)