Electeds, tribes, unions, organizations and individuals ask WA Leg to Fix HB1099

March 7, 2022

HB 1099 is built on consensus supported by housing advocates, environmental justice groups, unions, local governments, state agencies, tribes, and more.

We have collaborated for a year and a half on this legislation for a shared vision of responsible, just, and sustainable climate planning in Washington.

Now it’s time to make that vision a reality before some of our largest and fastest-growing communities undergo their 2024 comprehensive plan updates.

Below is our Fix HB1099 Coalition Support letter, calling on the Washington Legislature to reincorporate critical VMT and GHG emissions reduction requirements in HB1099, which were removed by an amendment passed in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. We have until Thursday, March 10th to #FixHB1099.

To date, the letter has been signed by:

33 local elected officials
2 tribal governments
3 cities
7 labor unions
70 organizations/groups
122 individuals

To add your name, group, or organization to the letter, click here.

March 4, 2022

Dear members of the WA Legislature,

We the undersigned ask you to pass HB 1099 with GHG and VMT reductions.

HB 1099 is a bill built on consensus supported by housing advocates, developers, environmental justice groups, labor unions, local governments, state agencies, tribal governments, and climate resiliency advocates. We have collaborated for a year and a half on this legislation for a shared vision of responsible, just, and sustainable climate planning in Washington. Now it’s time to make that vision a reality before some of our largest and fastest-growing communities undergo their 2024 comprehensive plan updates

HB 1099 is a climate bill, a housing bill, a transportation bill, and an environmental justice bill. As originally written, HB 1099 would ensure that Washington’s largest counties are planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, which will be achieved, in part, through promoting new housing development in our communities served by transit. HB 1099 also ensures that all Washington communities are planning for climate hazards (like wildfires, drought, and sea-level rise) and ensuring community resiliency.

Unfortunately, an amendment adopted in the Senate Ways and Means committee cuts this bill in half, eliminating the requirements for greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle miles traveled reductions.

The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report warns that the “magnitude and rate of climate change and associated risks depend strongly on near-term mitigation and adaptation actions.” The report goes on to say that “climate-resilient development prospects are increasingly limited if current greenhouse gas emissions do not rapidly decline.”

The science is clear: we have no time to waste in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. What’s more — our ability to plan for climate resiliency hinges on our current efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. HB 1099 provides a clear path forward for Washington communities to reduce emissions and plan for a climate-resilient future. However, the bill as adopted by the Ways and Means Committee only addresses half of the crisis.

As individuals, organizations, and governments committed to transit-oriented communities, housing affordability, climate resilience, and environmental justice, we call upon you to please pass HB 1099 with full funding for implementation on the local level and restore the GHG and VMT reduction provisions in conference.


Local Elected Officials:

Mayor Angela Birney, City of Redmond

Mayor Cheryl Selby, City of Olympia

Mayor Mason Thompson, City of Bothell

Mayor Nigel Herbig, City of Kenmore

Mayor Pro Tem Ty Stober, City of Vancouver

Executive Dow Constantine, King County

Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold, City of Kirkland

Deputy Mayor Rami Al-Kabra, City of Bothell

Council President Breean Beggs, Spokane City Council

Council President Jessica Forsythe, Redmond City Council

Council Vice President Vanessa Kritzer, Redmond City Council

Council Chair Claudia Balducci, King County Council

Council Chair Derek Young, Pierce County Council

Councilmember Amy Falcone, Kirkland City Council

Councilmember Chris Roberts, Shoreline City Council

Councilmember Dan Strauss, Seattle City Council

Councilmember Dani Madrone, Olympia City Council

Councilmember Dontae Payne, Olympia City Council

Councilmember Janice Zahn, Bellevue City Council

Councilmember Jenne Alderks, Bothell City Council

Councilmember Kaylee Galloway, Whatcom County Council

Councilmember Kim Harless, Vancouver City Council

Councilmember Kristiana de Leon, Black Diamond City Council

Councilmember Kristina Walker, Tacoma City Council

Councilmember Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin , Port Angeles City Council

Councilmember Lisa Parshley, Olympia City Council, and Chair of the Thurston County Climate Action Steering Committee

Councilmember Megan Dunn, Snohomish County Council

Councilmember Ryan Mello, Pierce County Council

Councilmember Ryan Walters, Anacortes City Council

Councilmember Sarah Perry, King County Council

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, Seattle City Council

Councilmember Yen Huynh, Olympia City Council

Commissioner Don Orange, Port of Vancouver


Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Tulalip Tribes

Local Jurisdictions:

Association of Washington Cities

City of Issaquah

City of Redmond

City of Tacoma



SEIU 775

SEIU 925

SEIU Healthcare 1199 NW

Teamsters 117

UAW Local 4121



350 Eastside

350 Seattle

350 Spokane

350 Tacoma

350 West Sound Climate Action

350 Yakima

36th LD Environmental Caucus

37th LD Environment and Climate Caucus

43rd District Democrats

Alliance for Community Engagement SWWA (ACE)

American Farmland Trust

American Institute of Architects Washington Council

APIC Spokane

Atlas Action Alliance

Audubon Washington

BE: Seattle

Black Hills Audubon Society

Blue Mountain Audubon Society

Bothellites for People Oriented Places

Climate Solutions

Earth and Climate Action Ministry of East Shore Unitarian Church

Eastside Audubon

Eastside For All

Forterra NW

Friends of Clark County

Friends of Pierce County

Friends of Sammamish Valley

Friends of the Columbia Gorge

Friends of the San Juans

Front and Centered

Fuse Washington


Greater Spokane Progress

Housing Development Consortium

League of Women Voters of Washington

LGBTQ Allyship

Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society

Move Redmond

Our Climate

Pilchuck Audubon Society

Puget Sound Partnership

RE Sources

Salmon Creek Farmers Market

Sammamish Valley Alliance

Sammamish Valley Grange #286

Seattle 500 Women Scientists

Seattle Parks Foundation

Share The Cities Action Fund

Sierra Club Washington State Chapter

Sightline Institute

South Seattle Climate Action Network

Spokane Community Against Racism (SCAR)

Surfrider Foundation

Tacoma Ministerial Alliance

The Climate Reality Project's King County WA Chapter

The Lands Council

The Nature Conservancy in Washington

The Tacoma Ministerial Alliance

The Urbanist

The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center

Transportation Choices Coalition

Vancouver Audubon Society

WA Community Alliance

Washington Bikes

Washington Conservation Voters

Washington Environmental Council

Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility

Washington State Public Health Association

Welcoming Wallingford


PCC Community Markets


Alex Berger

Alexander Val

Allen Gibbs, Pilchuck Audubon Society President

Alona Steinke

Amy Madden, State Committee Member, 43rd LD Democrats

Amy Theobald

Amy Wheeless, LD 36 PCO

Andres Hiltbrunner

Andrew Buchanan

Andrew Katz, LD 43

Ann Foster, Salmon Creek Farmers Market

Anna Berman, LD 36

Aparna Varadharajan, Redmond resident and sustainability professional

Arlette Lopez

Autumn Salamack

Ben Backstrom

Ben Jensen

Beverly Parsons

Brett Folkins

Brian Wilcock

Cam Solomon

Cara Cruickshank, LD 23- with Kitsap Environmental Coalition & the WA Community Rights Network

Carol Killingsworth

Carol Price

Cathryn Chudy

Cindy Rose

Claire Martini

Coleen Anderson

D Darnell

Dan Streiffert, Conservation Chair: Rainier Audubon Society

Darrell Johnson

Debbie Stempf

Deborah Beckwin

Diane Dempster

Doris Brevoort, PhD, LD 10

Dr. David Jones

Dr. Kristina Soman-Faulkner /Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility

Dr. Philippa Webster

Eliza Kronenberger

Elizabeth Backstrom, MPA

Elizabeth Probus, LD 37

Eric Fjellanger

Ericson Maxwell

Erin Albanese

Frances Merenda, LD 36 PCO

Ginna Correa

Greg Quetin, Olympia, Climate Scientist

Harish Kulkarni, Redmond resident

Heidi Cody

Henry Roller

Hester Serebrin

Hilary Seidel

Holly Gadbaw, Former Mayor of Olympia

Ian Crozier, AICP

Ingrid Anderson

Ingrid Elliott

Jacob Lee

James Apa

James Little

Janae Huber, Co-founder of Olympians for People-Oriented Places

Jared Howe

Jaye Stover, Futurewise

Jeff Budrys RN

Jesse Swingle

Jim Street

Joe A. Kunzler

John Rose

Jonathan Lawson

Joshua Rubenstein, LD 46

Julia Buck, LD 36 PCO

Julie Martinson

Kaitlyn Domenech, San Juan County

Katherine Woolverton

Kathleen Heiman, LD 5

Kathleen Heiman, Mother, Voter and Constituent in LD5

Kathy Dawson, The Climate Reality Project's King County WA Chapter

Kathy McCormick, retired WA citizen

Kayla Bonn-Andres

Kelsey Wylie

Kimberly Linden, MS CRC Rehabilitation Counselor/Mental Health Therapist

Kriss Kevorkian, PhD, MSW Legal Rights for the Salish Sea

Larry Leveen

Larry Leveen

Laura Ackerman

Lauren Sommer

Lily Aguilar, LD 5 PCO

Linda Hoffman, former Thurston County Administrator and Department of Ecology Director

Lisa Hurt

Lusa Steele

Margaret Tufft

Marian Magai, 37th District Environmental and Climate Caucus

Marilyn Boyd

Mark Brunson

Mark Foutch, Former Mayor, City of Olympia

Martin Gibbins, LD 5

Mary Connolly, LD 27

Matthew Trecha

Melissa Ivy

Melissa Roberts

Meralina Morales

Meridian Green

Mike McCormick, FAICP; first director of the WA Growth Management Program

Mike Petersen

Miranda Marti, LD 36

Monica Zazueta

Natalie Bicknell, The Urbanist

Nelson White

Nina Carter, Former Growth Management Hearings Board Member

Pam Borso

Pam Pritzl

Patti Kilpatrick

Peter Fels

Peter Mumford

Phil Ritter

Phillip G Linwick

R. Brent Lyles, Executive Director, Friends of the San Juans

Ray Dubicki

Rebecca VanHorne

Rian Watt, Elections Committee Chair, The Urbanist

Roan Ontjes-DeGroot; Orcas Island High School Student

Rob Fusco, LD 43

Robert Eiffert

Robin Gitelman, LD 41

Rosann Wuebbels

Ryan Lorey

Ryan Meiers

Ryan Wilson, LD 43

Samuel Trahan

Sarah L Richards

Sarah Reyneveld, Attorney & Vice Chair, WCV

Sarah Udelhofen, Program Manager at Commute Seattle and Co-Chair of the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board

Serene Chen, LD 37

Sheri Feld, LD 36

Stefanie Schweer

Susannah Spock, Clallam County resident

Tamar Shuhendler

Trina Davis, MD

Veronika Coleman

Virginia L Linwick

Xen Eldridge, LD 3

Zachary Smith-Evans