November 13, 2015 | Museum of Glass | Tacoma, WA

Registration | Agenda | Sponsorship | Venue

Washington’s Growth Management Act (GMA) was adopted in 1990 by a coalition of dedicated state legislators and citizen groups that were determined to do something about the rapid, unplanned, disconnected, and unsustainable growth that took place in our state during the 1970s and 80s.

The 25th anniversary of this game-changing legislation presents an opportunity to evaluate the impact of GMA, applaud our successes and leaders, and ask ourselves some tough questions:

  • How well have we achieved the goals of GMA?
  • What could we have done differently?
  • What are the success stories?

It is also an opportunity to look forward to the next 25 years and discuss the challenges ahead – climate change, public health, social equity – and what changes are needed now for us to successfully address them.

Hear from GMA Founders and Current Leaders in Washington
Listen to two inspiring panels – one looking back at the record of successful and not-so-successful efforts to implement GMA, and one considering the future work to be done to meet the goals of protecting our unique natural environment, improving our economy, and ensuring the livability of our communities.

Then join the leaders of our profession for dinner and beverages as we celebrate some of the very best projects and plans!

Who should attend?
Planners, policy makers, partner organizations, students, and others involved in implementing Washington’s Growth Management Act – past, present and future.

Registration Fees:

  • Whole Day of Education & Gala (includes boxed lunch): $120
  • Day of Education (Afternoon Only, starting at 1 pm): $90
  • *Gala Only (6:00 - 9:00 pm): $60
  • Students: $50

Registration for the Conference is Sold Out!

*Spots are still available to attend the Gala portion of the event from 6:00 - 9:00 pm; Walk-ins Welcome!

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*Please note that Morning Panel 1a will be held at the History Museum in Tacoma
8:30 -
10:00 am

Morning Panel 1a - Law (*Session held at the History Museum in Tacoma)
Crafting GMA - What We Thought We Were Crafting and Why
Moderator: Paul Parker, Deputy Director, Transportation Commission
  • Margaret Pageler, Member, Growth Management Hearings Board
  • John Hempelmann, Chairman, Cairncross & Hempelmann
  • Jerry Litt, Principal, SCJ Alliance
8:30 -
10:00 am

Morning Panel 1b - Ethics
Ethics and Growth Management Act
Moderator: Lisa Verner, FAICP, King County

  • Karen Wolf, AICP, King County
  • Steve Butler, FAICP, Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC)
  • Paul Inghram, AICP, Puget Sound Regional Council
10:15 -
11:45 am

Morning Panel 2 - Law
GMA Linkages: Water, Transportation, Urbanism 

Moderator: Gregory A. Hicks, Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law

  • Chuck Wolfe, Attorney and Author
  • Alan Reichman, Sr. Assistant Attorney General
  • Rick Krochalis, Regional Administrator, Federal Transit Administration
11:45 am LUNCH (box lunches provided)
1:00 pm OPENING REMARKS - Tacoma's Experience
Marilyn Strickland, Mayor, City of Tacoma
1:30 pm KEYNOTE - Setting the State: Past, Present & Future
Larry Phillips, Chair of the King County Council
2:00 pm PANEL - Perspectives on GMA Accomplishments/Shortcomings
Hear from the founders of this landmark legislation - how did we get where we are today?
Moderator: Joe Tovar
Panel Participants: Doug Sutherland; Mary McCumber; John Roskelly
3:00 pm Turning the Ship: Transitioning From Where We Are Today and Where We
Need to Go
Yoram Bauman
3:30 pm PANEL - GMA Looking Forward
Leaders in the field today will discuss climate change, public health, social equity and
more of the challenges planners are facing as we look ahead 25 years - what tools will
we need to succeed?
Moderator: Dr. Anthony Chen, Tacoma-Pierce County Health
Panel Participants: Mark Hinshaw; Josh Reneveld, Earth Economics; Rocky Prio,
Colorado Center for Sustainable Urbanism
What Has GMA Meant to Washington and Where Do We Go From Here?
Representative Fitzgibbon; Hilary Franz
5:00 pm Reception and "Think Big" Display
5:30 pm Lifetime of GMA Achievement Awards
6:00 pm-
9:00 pm
Heavy appetizers, two drink tickets per person
Speakers and program (TBD)


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