Catch up on APA WA news!

Volume XLVIIII , Issue 17

September 12, 2023

Recognize a Star!

By Yorik Stevens-Wajda, APA WA President

One of my favorite parts of serving as chapter president is the opportunity to help recognize some of the people who have made a real difference in the workplace, for the chapter, for the profession, and for the people and the future of our state. 

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The Puget Sound Recovery Community
Announces New Tool for Comprehensive Plans

By Rebecca Brown, AICP | Land Development and Cover Implementation Strategy Lead, Department of Natural Resources

A team focused on Puget Sound recovery has developed the Sound Choices Checklist for Comprehensive Plans, a tool that aligns Puget Sound recovery priorities with comprehensive plan elements. Puget Sound jurisdictions and recovery partners can use the checklist to shape their comprehensive plan updates that set the stage for Puget Sound recovery.

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Into the Wild

Planning in the Wildlife-Urban Interface in the age of
increasing wildfire risk

Today a growing number of homeowners are finding that the most desirable locations to call home are in or near wildland areas where nature’s beauty is literally a stone’s throw away. Developers and municipal planners call these regions where nature and communities intersect the Wildlife Urban Interface or WUI. About one third of the current U.S. population lives in the WUI and nearly 43% of new homes are being built there.

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Passport to 2044 on Integrating Stormwater
Solutions Into Comprehensive Plans

Erika Harris, AICP | Senior Planner Puget Sound Regional Council

Puget Sound Regional Council and the Washington State Department of Commerce are hosting a Passport to 2044 webinar on how comprehensive plan updates can support stormwater planning and other Puget Sound Recovery strategies. 

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Annual APA WA Member Meeting Notice

Thursday, October 12   

The American Planning Association Washington Chapter 2023 Annual Member Meeting will take place Thursday, October 12 as part of the chapter conference keynote lunch at noon. See the Chapter calendar for more information. The annual meeting is an opportunity for chapter members to hear an update on the state of the chapter and ongoing strategic initiatives, and celebrate Chapter achievements. See you then! 

Guest Section

Electric Vehicles Are Here – Is Your Community Ready?

Andy Swayne, Puget Sound Energy

Transportation is the state’s number one source of greenhouse gas emissions and a primary source of local air pollution. Transportation electrification is part of the climate change solution. Battery electric vehicles – BEVs or EVs for short – are becoming more common place in many of our communities. They are better for the environment and are less costly to operate and maintain (and quieter too).  

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                                  Trivia Question

Which Washington city was the first to adopt a comprehensive bicycle master plan in an effort to become more bike-friendly?  

A. Spokane   
B. Olympia 
C. Bellingham   
D. Vancouver 

*Find out the answer in the next issue.


The answer to last issue's trivia question: B. (The Bellevue Botanical Garden)


Register for APA WA 2023 Annual Conference!

Registration is open for the 2023 APA WA Annual Conference, Leading the Change: Ideas From Around the State. This year's conference will be held in Spokane, Washington, on October 11–13. While session details are being finalized, be sure to register and secure your spot soon, as space is limited. 

Be sure to also register for The Short Course on Local Planning happening on Tuesday, October 10 from 6:00–9:00 PM. All courses are offered at no charge and are open to the public. 


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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