Issaquah receives assistance to plan for long-term growth

June 9, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. June 9, 2012

Issaquah is receiving technical assistance to plan for long-term growth, through to a program at a nonprofit organization and a federal grant.

Forterra, the former Cascade Land Conservancy, announced the technical assistance for Issaquah and other Washington communities Wednesday. The grant comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program — a nationwide program to boost communities’ economic and environmental health.

Issaquah officials intend to use the technical assistance from Forterra to work on the Central Issaquah Plan — a proposal to transform more than 900 acres near Interstate 90 and state Route 900. Planners intend to increase density and the mix of uses in the area, make the area more pedestrian-friendly and preserve open space.

Forterra announced a plan to assist the city in fostering implementation by engaging area developers and other experts to demonstrate market viability of proposed changes in the area.

“We are thrilled to receive free technical assistance from Forterra, one of our long-term partners in finding smart growth solutions for Issaquah,” Mayor Ava Frisinger said in a statement. “This is perfect timing. While we have been actively engaging citizens, businesses and developers on a local level during our current Central Issaquah planning process, Forterra’s regional connections will help us inform, and receive input, from another important group: regional developers.”

Organizers said the technical assistance is tailored to the needs identified by each community. The process should consist of workshops, policy analysis, stakeholder engagement and policy recommendations.

The effort is meant to help communities attract growth, protect the environment, improve public health, facilitate job creation and economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life.

Other recipients of technical assistance from Forterra include Federal Way, Kirkland, Tukwila, the Makah Tribe and the Quinault Indian Nation. The local governments demonstrated the strongest interest in and need for assistance in making areas more sustainable and a commitment from business, community and political leaders to implement solutions.

“Forterra is excited to work with a consortium of partners to lend our expertise to communities such as Issaquah,” Alison Van Gorp, Forterra communities policy director, said in a statement. “This opportunity advances Forterra’s goal to help communities here in Washington enhance their livability, quality of life, economic vibrancy and affordability.”

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3 Responses to “Issaquah receives assistance to plan for long-term growth”

  1. Vuvuzela on June 9th, 2012 12:47 pm

    Socialism at its finest.

  2. Lexi Moss on June 9th, 2012 4:57 pm

    People of Issaquah! Just say no to Forterra and their “FREE” help.

    Go to their website and read about their agenda…”Forterra is advancing an innovative new approach to conservation that encourages collaboration across all sectors and balances environmental, social and economic needs. We emphasize the link between vibrant cities and healthy rural lands and use creative new ways to protect land on a scale never seen before. Our efforts include conserving land, building better communities, advancing new policies providing a spectrum of professional services.”

    These are a lot of fancy words to say Forterra is going to help your government control the what, where, how and when of your life. Have you ever heard of Agenda 21? Hatched at the UN twenty years ago and designed to control you and and your community. Turn off your TV, and go read a book… Eco Tyranny by Brian Sussman http://www.eco-tyranny.com/

    We are being force feed the the notion that urban sprawl is horrible for the environment, bad for communities and rural farmlands. Here are the facts, Urbanized land area amount to less than 5% of the total land area of the Unioted States, and that is being generous. http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/EIB14/EIB14_reportsummary.pdf

    Sustainable Developemnt wonks are feeding us a load.

    Additionally Co2 (carbon dioxide) is one third of one percent or .039% of our total atmosphere. It is fertilizer for plants, trees and crops and we can’t live without it!

  3. Smart growth news- June 11, 2012 | Smart Growth America on June 11th, 2012 7:36 am

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