The Gmas Vesting Loophole

WCW Panel Series: The GMA's Vesting Loophole

September 23, 2021


Have you heard us talk about closing the Growth Management Act's 'Vesting Loophole' and not had any clue what we were referring to? You aren't alone! This is a weird and wonky bit of land-use policy that has been undermining the intent of the GMA for far too long.

Since 2008, Futurewise has been working in the state legislature to close this harmful loophole, which gobbles up our forests and farmlands for sprawling mega-mansions. In 2022, we want to get SB 5042 over the finish line once and for all.

Join us on Thursday, September 23rd from 10:30 AM-11:30 AM for a virtual educational panel to learn all about the 'vesting loophole', how it has impacted communities across the state, and how you can help us close the loophole in 2022.

When: Thursday, September 23rd,10:30 AM-11:30 AM

Where: Zoom!

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The panel will begin with 30 minutes of moderated discussion with our panelists, followed by time to take questions from the audience and discuss how to get involved with the WA Can't Wait Campaign.

Meet our amazing panelists!

Tim Trohimovich: Futurewise, Director of Planning and Law

Tim is currently Futurewise’s Director of Planning & Law and has been on staff since 2001. He has over 30 years of planning experience and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the Washington and Oregon Bar Associations, and the Bar Association of the United States Supreme Court.

Lunell Haught: League of Women Voters of Washington, President

Prior to joining the LWVWA Board of Directors, Lunell’s focus has been on land use issues. She is currently president of the LWVWA and has prioritized implementing the LWVWA Strategic Plan, adopted in 2017. She has worked with the board to establish and reinforce connections between local Leagues and with the board members; emphasize all facets of the League’s work including civic education, voter services, and advocacy while including equity and inclusion in all League work. Creating structures and systems to make LWVWA more effective has also been a priority. She is particularly interested in collaborations with other organizations and bridging political divides. She chaired the LWVWA report on Vesting in 2019.

As a professional Lunell owned her own consulting practice. She has served on Spokane County’s Park and Planning Boards and facilitated the first community regulation development for Critical Areas. She teaches in Gonzaga University’s Masters and Doctoral Program in Leadership and is on the Advisory Board for the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies. She is a master gardener, loves opera, hiking, places, and people.

Sue Marshall: Friends of Clark County, Board President

Sue Marshall ‘retired’ to co-manage the fourth-generation family with her husband Rob, Baurs Corner Farm – a 29-acre pear/apple/hazelnut farm in Ridgefield, Washington. Sue has over 40 years of experience in leadership roles with both governmental and community-based organizations to address environmental and social justice issues. Her experience includes serving as director of Tualatin Riverkeepers in Washington County, Oregon; as an administrator of the Oregon Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources; and as a contract lobbyist representing a number of conservation organizations. She also serves on the boards of Clark Conservation District, Clark County Clean Water Commission, and is a member of Clark-Cowlitz Farm Bureau and most importantly – Friends of Clark County.