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As Washington’s premier smart growth advocate, we work to protect forests, farms and shorelines by limiting development on critical rural and resource lands and habitat. We advocate and promote vibrant, compact, livable development in our urban communities by supporting housing options, transportation choices and smart development patterns. Futurewise is also on the forefront of leveraging smart growth policies to reduce greenhouse gases contributing to climate change. There are several program areas on which Futurewise focuses to advance our goals.

Program Areas

Livable Communities – We are encouraging decisions that promote sensible, higher intensity development in urban centers, particularly around transit investments, while fostering distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place.

Farms, Forest & Habitat - We are seeking appropriate environmental protection during the ongoing major updates to the Comprehensive Plans, Development Regulations, Critical Areas Ordinances.

Clean, Healthy Waterways – Futurewise is working in every county in the state on the first ever Shoreline Master Program updates – restoring our precious waterways such as the Puget Sound.

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