Sustainable Washington

3.2 Project Example #3

Action: Transfer of Development (TDR) Program
Where: King County and Snohomish County, WA
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King County
Snohomish County

Between its inception in 1999 to 2008, King County's TDR Program preserved nearly 92,000 acres of valuable open space and fish and wildlife habitat – nearly twice the land of any other TDR program in the United States. The TDR program has been utilized to increase housing density in downtown Seattle developments, as well as suburban areas, while preserving rural land in King County. Former King County Executive, Ron Sims, said "This partnership is a terrific example of the county and city moving beyond political boundaries and acting for the betterment of the entire region."

Less urbanized areas, such as Snohomish County, are also implementing TDR programs to protect their natural resources. A pilot project was first established in the City of Arlington and was expanded in 2008 to other parts of the County through the comprehensive plan. The TDR program’s primary goal is to conserve the existing 63,000 acres of commercial farmland in Snohomish County.

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