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.

    Learn more about LCLIP

  • 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

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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30 Years an Anchor of Place

Our first visit was in July 1985, short as it was. We were on our tandem and passing through, checking out places to get married. Our first stay was late April 1994, delightful as it was. By then, we had our two kids in tow, and Sina took her first steps on the cabin’s porch. We’ve been returning for a week most every year since.

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Breakthrough at 23rd and Union will help sustain the historic Central District

Innovative land deal for “most controversial block in Seattle” makes a mark for inclusion and affordability in Seattle’s rapidly-changing Central District. Forterra teams with Africatown, Lake Union Partners, and Yesler Community Collaborative to make it possible.

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Saving Dead Man’s Pond

Forterra, a nonprofit formerly known as the Cascade Land Conservancy, purchased the 5-acre property in west Puyallup for $336,000. Forterra…

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Study will look at transferring development rights to protect rural areas

How to protect rural properties in Kitsap County through legal procedures, such as “transfer of development rights,” will be the…

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Working with Pearl Jam to combat climate change

It’s a bold idea – and what better place to start than in one of the greenest cities in the…

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Op-Ed: Growing Gracefully

The reaction to Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee — and the equally charged regional discussion…

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