On 30th Anniversary of Growth Management Act, Washington State Could Become One of the First to Require Local Planning for Climate Mitigation and Adaptation
On Sunday, February 16, the Washington State House passed HB 2427 which would add a climate change goal to the Growth Management Act (GMA). 2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of the GMA, the framework that governs how cities and counties plan for growth. If passed by the Senate and signed by the Governor, HB 2427 would make addressing climate change a binding requirement for planning within the State’s largest counties.
This type of planning has been shown to be an important tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, the largest single source of emissions in Washington State. Such planning also helps reduce energy use in buildings and promote carbon sequestration through smart rural, agricultural, and forest land management practices. The goal would also require planning to prepare for climate change hazards like sea-level rise and increased risk of flooding and fires. Passage of HB 2427 would make Washington State one of the first states in the country with such a requirement.
Our work is not done. It’s important the legislators know how much you appreciate their vote for climate planning. A strong show of appreciation for supporters in the House will help us build momentum for passage in the Senate.