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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  • Regional Transfer of Development Rights

    Forterra drove the development of Regional TDR Marketplace legislation (RCW 43.362), creating a framework to elevate the use of this critical tool identified in the Cascade Agenda, VISION 2040, Puget Sound Partnership Action Agenda, and the state Growth Management Act.

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  • LCLIP (Landscape Conservation and Local Infrastructure Program)

    This groundbreaking program (RCW39.108) 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.

  • Mass timber | 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.

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