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Volume L, Issue 18

October 6, 2023

APA Washington Northwest Section

House Bill 1293 - “Streamlining Development Regulations”  

This act streamlines housing development regulations and prevents governments from using vague, arbitrary guidelines in design reviews. These guidelines have been used to block the passage of construction projects, such as affordable housing, that are needed but stigmatized and disliked by neighboring property owners and other stakeholders. 

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APA Washington Northwest Section

Legislative Briefing Summary | HB 1042 - “Concerning the use of existing buildings for residential purposes” 

This act allows for the creation of housing units in existing buildings, particularly those that are zoned commercial or mixed use. This allows for more housing, in desperate need across the state, in areas where there is limited use of commercial space and unused buildings that could be a source of blight.  

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Dept. of Commerce Periodic Update Workshop

2025 Periodic Update Workshop Series 

Register now for our second climate workshop!
When: Thursday, October 19, 2023, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Commerce is partnering with the Thurston Regional Planning Council and the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) to bring you workshops that support jurisdictions with periodic updates due in 2025, as required under RCW 36.70A.130. This will be the second of two climate-focused workshops in the 2025 series. 

Your Input Needed for 2024 Conference in Bellevue

We value your feedback 

Fellow Planners –

We are excited to see everyone at the 2023 Annual WA APA Conference in Spokane,  October 11-13. 

We need your input to make next year’s conference a success - planning is underway for the Bellevue 2024, Conference to be held October 16-18, 2024, at the Meydenbauer Center in the City of Bellevue. Please respond to the following survey questions by October 25, 2023.

We sincerely appreciate your input!


Professional Development 

Are You Ready to Take the AICP Exam?

If you have been studying for months and are ready to jump into taking the upcoming November exam, exam registration opened on Monday, October 2, 2023. The link can be found on the registration page. BUT, before you take the plunge – we highly recommend that you review the AICP Certification Guide and the FAQs prior to registering. Please email [email protected] with any questions. 

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APA WA Allied Professions Hosts “Housing People in Transportation-Efficient Communities” Panel at Spokane Conference, October 11-13

Wednesday, October 11, from 4:15 – 5:30 PM | Breakout Session 2C

Housing, transportation, and land use are critical issues in every community. Washington’s Growth Management Act (GMA) requires comprehensive plans with housing, transportation, and land use elements that are internally consistent and demonstrate how the community proposes to house population growth planned over a 20-year period.  

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                                 Trivia Question

Which city in Washington state was the first to implement an "inclusionary zoning" policy to promote affordable housing?   

A. Seattle    
B. Spokane  
C. Tacoma   
D. Redmond 

*Find out the answer in the next issue.


The answer to last issue's trivia question: C. (Bellingham)


Interested in submitting an article for the next newsletter? 

Contact the APA WA Communications Committee! Email Riya Debnath and Ben Braudrick at [email protected].

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Conference Sponsors 

American Planning Association, Washington Chapter

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