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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.
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.
Check out our legislative one-pagers for overviews of our proposed policy updates. We are hoping to have finalized bill language by Mid-December, so stay tuned!
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 petition, or volunteering with the campaign.
Also, consider taking action to contact your legislators by using our Legislator Contact Guide.
For more information on the intersection of these issues, check out recordings from our
Educational Panel series.
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