Washington Can't Wait Campaign: Updating the GMA for Today's Challenges

Futurewise is launching our Washington Can’t Wait Campaign to fight for action on climate change, environmental justice and affordable housing by passing the biggest changes to the Growth Management Act in three decades.

Interested in tracking our legislative priorities this session? Check out our blog posts for weekly updates on the legislative session, especially HB1220 and HB1099, our top Washington Can't Wait legislative priorities. 

Take Action: Click the links below to tell your legislators to support these important bills.
Targeted Action for HB 1220
Targeted Action for HB 1099

Fighting sprawl to protect our communities and our climate

We’re running out of time to take action on climate change. By making our urban areas affordable and accessible to all through bold affordable housing policy, preventing disproportionate impacts of local pollution on communities of color, and ensuring that cities and counties are planning for climate change, we have the opportunity to transform the lives of Washingtonians and the natural environment around us.

Why now

We have a brief window to make big changes to the GMA before Washington’s cities and counties embark on their next comprehensive plan updates, which will lock in policy for the next decade. 

We cannot wait another ten years to tackle climate change, environmental justice, and the housing affordability crisis.

That’s why Washington Can’t Wait is working with community members, partners, and legislators to update the GMA in 2021 and ensure that cities and counties are planning for climate and housing while addressing environmental justice.

Our neighbors want the convenience of grocery stores and schools close to their homes. They want lots of choices in the kind of home they buy and that the neighborhoods they live in are free of pollution. And they really care about open space. They want to see farmland and mountain vistas – it’s why we are proud to call Washington home and why we are working to make this vision a reality for all Washingtonians. 

Campaign Resources and Opportunities

Our Advocacy Folder is a one-stop-shop for all of the resources and information that you need to advocate for this campaign. 

Check out our legislative one-pagers for overviews of our proposed policy updates. 

It is no exaggeration when we say that we will need a lot of support from our communities if we want to get these important GMA updates passed. If you are interested in being involved, please consider donating, signing our petitionor volunteering with the campaign.

Also, consider taking action to contact your legislators by using our Legislator Contact GuideIf you are interested in scheduling a virtual meeting with your legislators to advocate for these GMA updates, check out our Virtual Lobbying Training and Virtual Lobbying Guide!

For more information on the intersection of these issues, check out recordings from our Educational Panel series.

Are you a member of an organization that may be interested in working with us on the Washington Can't Wait Campaign? Check out our organizational sign-on letter and reach out to jamie@futurewise.org if you want to add your organization's name.

ID: A grid of organizational logos who have endorsed the WA Can't Wait campaign.