Policy Innovation

What can land do?

In a sustainable future, land is not only secured for wilderness, farms and livable cities—it works for us to do much more. With the right land policies and the right partners, we can leverage growth to conserve farmland, create jobs, revitalize small towns, reduce wildfires, cut greenhouse emissions and more.

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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

Snohomish County Decision Broadens Conservation Options

A vote by the Snohomish County Council last week amended zoning along the Highway 99 corridor between Lynnwood and Everett to encourage more compact development near transit, expanding options for farmland conservation by adding areas where new construction can take advantage of a program called transfer of development rights.

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Cross Laminated Timber Bill Passes Legislature

Washington State is poised to be a national leader in mass timber construction with the passage of SB 5450, which will support the expanded use of Cross Laminated Timber and other mass timber products. The legislation requires the State Building Code Council to adopt rules for the use of mass timber products for residential and commercial building construction.

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Fund for Good

High-flying companies are fueling a red-hot economy around Puget Sound bringing more than a thousand new people each week, intensifying trends of gentrification and displacement. That’s why Forterra is bringing our nearly 30 years of expertise negotiating land transactions in wilderness and farms to our cities. Whether it’s open spaces for nature and play, or affordable homes and vibrant, diverse communities, it all begins with land.

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Building for a Sustainable Future

In 2015, Forterra spearheaded a conversation with about eighty stakeholders to discuss leveraging CLT and mass timber products to improve forest health, stimulate employment in rural communities, and house a growing urban population. Just over three years and an established CLT Coalition later, engagement has grown substantially.

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Mukilteo Saves Historic Japanese Gulch for Community

The City of Mukilteo has purchased 98 acres within Japanese Gulch for $5.4 million dollars from the court-ordered Metropolitan Mortgage…

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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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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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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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