How Much Could GMA Change?

In the years since the Legislature commissioned the “Roadmap to Washington’s Future” a group of planners and agencies have been working to develop an overhaul to the Growth Management Act (GMA).
Although the 2021 legislative session is anticipated to be about budgets and COVID, some legislative leaders are keeping the door open to consider bold amendments to the GMA as a way to address the budget, social equity, and climate change.
Amendments are expected to address topics ranging from local changes the state must approve before they go into effect, new standards that focus on “net ecological gain” and much more.   Check out this recent story in “The Urbanist” for more highlights on what to expect.
It’s unclear how these changes will impact real estate and development, but our firm will be closely monitoring the session on behalf of our clients.

Did you know, our firm is a registered state lobbying firm?  Learn more

Improving our Advocacy

Toyer Strategic Advisors is now a registered lobbying firm in Washington! “Recognizing that our client’s projects (and problems) keep getting more complex, this move extends reach to tackle legislative policy issues related to GMA policy, infrastructure, taxes, red tape, etc.,” noted David Toyer, the company’s President. “As we grow our staff, we are strategically positioning ourselves to offer more advanced services and solutions.”

Toyer Strategic would love to hear about your legislative priorities and discuss ways the firm can fight to ensure the economic growth and housing solutions needed in Washington.

“Our firm has a great reputation as land use and economic development experts that work with local planning departments and elected officials to create economic development. Given the current circumstances, it has never been a more important time to leverage our relationships in Olympia,” added Anne Anderson, Public Affairs Manager for Toyer Strategic.

Toyer Secures Federal Way Annexation

Toyer Strategic recently completed a direct petition method annexation, bringing 21 acres zoned for Community Business into the City of Federal Way.  The annexation cleared the way for a new business investment that will generate new jobs and tax revenues to stimulate Federal Way’s economy.

Only 22 Days Left!

Got a piece of property in Snohomish County that you want to re-designate for a higher value land use designation? 

You’d better hurry up because you only have until October 30th to submit an application if you would like your amendment to be heard during the 2024 Comprehensive Plan Amendment cycle.

Don’t worry we have you covered.  With over two decades of experience preparing, submitting, and lobbying for comprehensive plan amendments and rezones, we can get your application in for review by the deadline as long as you contact us by noon on Friday October 23rd.

Lacey LI-C Zone Community Meeting

Toyer Strategic is working on behalf of HBBP, LLC to propose amendments to the Lacey LI-C zone to allow for an increase in building size if additional requirements are met (including wellhead protection, retention of existing industrial buildings, etc.).  Learn more.

As part of the public engagement for this proposal, we joined the City of Lacey in an online community forum on August 31st.  Missed it?  Watch the video below.