Should Washington Encourage Night Hauling?
The greater Seattle metro area is experiencing a tremendous amount of economic growth, which when coupled with the state’s growth management laws (constraining developable areas) and notorious traffic congestion should lead to the question: “What if communities required new industrial and commercial construction to haul fill and like materials at night?”
- Get truck traffic off the roads at peak hours to reduce congestion and pollution from idling
- Shorten travel times for deliveries, which reduces construction costs and accelerates completion of site improvements
- Potential for noise impacts on residential areas if noise mitigating measures aren’t employed
- A greater need for regulators to monitor site construction at night
Our company believes that micropolitans have tremendous growth opportunities ahead, which is why we’ve focused our economic development services on their needs.
And that why we’re also doing the first ever economic development (#econdev) survey just for the nation’s 551 micropolitans (list of micropolitans).
The benefit to participating micropolitans is two-fold:
- You’ll get a report with aggregate survey results, which can help you better benchmark your community against your peers in future strategic planning.
- You have the ability to submit available buildings and sites to us through the survey. That information will be kept on file and when we’re working with our private sector clients your micropolitan will get considered if it meets the project parameters.
Looking at this picture, what do you see?
You may see a typical suburb. Or a small town in flyover country. Both answers would be correct!
However, when we look at the picture we see:
- The commuting patterns that are impacted by zoning decisions
- The small business that is trying to get a building permit to expand
- The school board that is wrestling with rising student populations and the need to adjust enrollment boundaries
- The developer that’s facing an angry neighborhood because her project is locating where the city’s decades old comprehensive plan says it should be built
- The need for a balance between housing and jobs, as well as housing diversity and affordability
- A city that is struggling with the cost of services and the need to grow and diversify it’s economy
- The importance of primary sector jobs, as well as sales tax generating commercial/retail business
Why do we see all that?
We’re experts at understanding the importance of economic development and the complexity of land use.
That’s why we’re able to help the public and private sectors solve their challenges and capitalize on their opportunities.
Last night the Lacey City Council approved the master site plan and wetland development permits for Hawks Prairie Logistics Park, a 130-acre industrial development that will feature three buildings totaling 1.9 million square feet of industrial space. The main building on the site will house a new Home Depot distribution center.
Our firm played an instrumental role in the project’s approval, providing the project’s economic impact analysis and performing required land use analysis to address the policies and conditions that limit the granting of wetland development permits.
Additionally, we provided early project management services to support the project’s pre-application site plan review, the processing of the land use applications, and the facilitation of a meeting with the adjacent residential neighborhoods.
How often have you. . .
- Heard a company press on a city or county to make a decision based on their economic impact locally, but without any data?
- Considered incentives for an economic development deal without knowing more than the number of jobs and total investment as given by the company?
- Lacked specific information on the projects your economic development group helped support?
- Had a developer tout the economic benefits of their proposed speculative building, but not have data to back it up?
In every case, it is important to have this data:
- To help prioritize how to invest your resources
- To ensure incentives are based on a ROI to your community
- To prove the effectiveness of your EDO
Our firm helps our clients (cities, EDOs, companies) with the analysis of the economic impact. Relying on RIMS II multiplier data from the BEA, we can help you analyze and determine the direct, indirect and induced impacts of a project (or projects) on jobs, economic output and wages.
Contact us and let us help you determine the impacts of your next project.