Cities

The key to an enduring region is vibrant, equitable and affordable communities. We use our expertise in land – negotiation, acquisition, land banking – to help communities gracefully accommodate new growth and create a high quality of life for their diverse residents. Through our work with cities, land owners and community partners, we envision new uses for land in community hubs and partner with financial institutions and developers to build healthy, green mixed-use projects, especially by transit and town centers.

Urban street scene on Seattle's Capitol Hill
Photo by Carrie Hawthorne
  • An engaged community

    To gracefully integrate the coming population growth, mid-sized cities need to develop walkable, healthy mixed-use neighborhoods with easy access to public transit and green spaces. That means bringing people together to discuss issues and find solutions by facilitating effective, inclusive discussion. In bringing this to Tukwila, we worked with local partners to develop the Community Connectors Program, and with the City of Aberdeen we engaged with a broad range of community members to create a vision for their downtown corridor.

  • Land transactions

    Working with a wide range of partners we advance undervalued real estate and land use projects with great social value that support our cities effectively and serve a great range of residents. By tapping into the power of opportunities like the Landscape Conservation and Local Infrastructure Program (LCLIP) we leverage policy tools to achieve further impact.

  • Economic development

    We create market value for socially important projects by participating in the development policies and funding vehicles that incentivize this change.

  • Increased access to healthy places and choices

    Healthy communities have parks and green spaces at all levels as well as infrastructure and policies to support healthy lives. Our restoration and stewardship efforts and our Green Cities Program effectively support these urban natural areas, while a variety of projects we do with partners further enhance the resiliency of our communities. These include creating a community gathering space in Neah Bay and establishing Federal Way’s first neighborhood greenway.

Forterra is one of those organizations that is not afraid to put a big issue on the table and tackle it head on.
Nate Miles, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Board of Directors

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Questioning Diversity

It’s a challenging moment in our country. In today’s harsh political calculus, diversity equals division, not addition, not multiplication. The way we see it, that’s wrong. We’re an organization of land advocates. Many of us were educated in biology and ecology. What you learn in those disciplines is that the healthiest, most resilient places are those with complexity.

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Talking and Walking in Kittitas County

Two days of conversation with leaders across Kittitas County and one day of hiking. For the last few months and particularly over two concentrated days, we met with business leaders, advocates, planners, developers, farmers, elected officials and tribal leaders; to name some. The conversations only barely scratched the surface of course—of the richness of the place and the challenges it faces.

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A Conservation Conversation

Green Everett Partnership volunteer and UW Bothell student, Candice Magbag, set to find out in her class on restoration ecology. In her final project, Candice covers the history of Forterra and her perspectives on conservation. Read her guest post and watch her video below.

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Development = Conservation

When you walk through South Lake Union, words you might think of include Amazon, Paul Allen, tech, REI, Vulcan, Pink Elephant, growth, MOHAI, development and… conservation? How our innovative program is transforming our region’s landscape.

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Community benefits from land acquisition in Tukwila

The City of Tukwila and Forterra has closed on a land transaction with a private owner to expand the Duwamish…

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TDR updates drive Snohomish sustainability goals

The Snohomish County Council unanimously adopted an update to the County’s Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program on Sept. 4,…

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Everett develops park restoration plan

The City is working with Forterra’s Green Cities Program on a new plan, The Green Everett Partnership, which will provide…

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Volunteers add over 7,000 plants to Puget Sound

Over 1,500 volunteers contributed more than 4,000 hours of time to restore the Puget Sound’s urban green spaces during the…

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