Policy Innovation

On the ground projects inspire and catalyze; public policy is how we take it to scale. We work with a spectrum of public and private leaders at the regional and local levels to develop and adopt creative, cutting-edge policies that result in on-the-ground improvements in livability and sustainability.

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  • Transfer of Development Rights

    Forterra and partners provide consulting services to cities and counties to develop voluntary, market-based approaches to conserving land while promoting economic development in areas that can accommodate growth.

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  • LCLIP (Landscape Conservation and Local Infrastructure Program)

    This groundbreaking program creates incentives for both conservation and community support by combining an incentive-based real estate tool called TDR with a public infrastructure financing tool called tax increment financing. The outcome? Conservation of the farms, forests and natural areas we all appreciate and from which we benefit, as well as much-needed funding to provide what we need to create and support vibrant, livable cities.

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  • Growing Transit Communities

    Forterra is one of the original partners to the Growing Transit Communities effort, a $5 million regional planning effort led by PSRC, and is working to implement key strategies identified in the plan at the local level.

  • Cross laminated timber

    Forterra and partners are actively working to develop market opportunities for engineered heavy panel wood products, notably cross laminated timber. Known collectively as “mass timber” products, these promising building materials offer a variety of benefits in terms of their ability to lower the costs of construction in our cities, support rural economic development, and reduce carbon emissions associated with climate change.

  • Federal Way urban agriculture

    Forterra and partners developed urban agriculture policies to ensure that all city residents have an opportunity to access fresh, locally grown food.

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  • Complete Streets

    Forterra successfully passed award-winning Complete Streets programs in Edmonds and Ocean Shores, ensuring future roads and street improvements work for all users, whether walking, cycling, using transit or driving and for people of all ages and abilities.

  • Central Issaquah plan

    We were very active supporting the development of the Central Issaquah Plan, which will guide the long-term evolution of the city’s commercial core from a collection of strip malls, parking lots and office buildings into a more sustainable urban area.

Related Perspectives and News

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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Forterra gets comfortable with cities and small towns alike

Ten years ago, the then Cascade Land Conservancy launched The Cascade Agenda, a bold plan to conserve 1.3 million acres…

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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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Forested North Kitsap park nearly doubles in size

On Friday, the county finalized the purchase of 366 forested acres adjacent to the 443-acre North Kitsap Heritage Park off…

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Outdoor industry donates $30K to Yakima Canyon conservation

The conservation component of the Yakima Canyon Scenic Byway project got a$30,000 boost from the outdoor recreation industry this week.…

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