Anchorage Adopts Model ADU ReformsAlaska’s largest city just deregulated bonus homes in a big way, a step to right-sizing its housing options to locals’ changing needs.
Ranked Choice Voting Would Help Oregonians Vote for their True FavoriteHB 2004 in Oregon’s House of Representatives could bring voters more voice and more choice.
What Washington, DC, Can Learn from the Other Washington about Climate PolicySix lessons from the Evergreen State for America's national leaders.
Habitat for Humanity Goes All In for Multifamily HousingBut it needs relaxed parking mandates, widescale zoning reform, and public funding to make the most of the opportunity.
Poll: Washington Voters Out Ahead Of Local Leaders On Zoning ReformsStatewide survey shows broad voter receptivity—across partisan, demographic, and geographic lines—to zoning changes to allow more homes like duplexes and small apartment buildings.
UPDATED: 50 Housing Bills to Watch in Olympia Right NowWashington state leaders are considering dozens of bills across the critical policy pillars of supply, stability, and subsidy.
Hey, Olympia! If You Let Them, Cities Could Double Turnout in Local ElectionsThe case for freeing Washington cities to run elections on Election Day.
Yes, Oregon, There Is a Way to Build Enough HomesThe state has done it before—with more apartments and even a smaller construction workforce.
With Flexibility Over Parking, Oregon Homebuilders Get to WorkTens of thousands of homes are now more buildable, including several projects now resurrected that local parking mandates had previously killed.
Voters Want Fewer Elections: Here’s How to Do ThatCalifornia, Arizona, and Nevada have shifted to even-year elections, boosting turnout and saving money—with lessons for other states.
Washington Lot Split Bills Would Create Starter Homes, Support Community StabilityHB 1245 and SB 5364 advance affordability, financial security, wealth-building, and other benefits for Washingtonians in all kinds of communities.
Washington Bill Would Boost In-law Apartments Throughout the StateEvidence is more conclusive than ever that the reforms proposed in HB 1337 are effective.
The Vast Potential of Pairing Transit and Homes in Washington StateSB 5466 could support hundreds of thousands of needed new homes closer to where residents work, learn, and recreate.
It’s Time to Stop Subsidizing New Gas PipesRegulators across Cascadia should end line extension allowances, the subsidies ratepayers finance that expand utilities’ pipeline infrastructure.
New Washington Bill Would Legalize More Homes and Businesses by TransitEliminating parking mandates is a simple solution to a big problem.
Is There a Future for Gas Utilities? It Could Be Heating and Cooling Your Home (from the Ground)"GeoNetworks" are being piloted in New York and Massachusetts. Cascadia should be next.
Seven Reasons Washington Needs Middle HousingBecause housing solutions are solutions for homelessness, jobs, equity, climate, and conservation.
Washington’s 2023 Middle Housing Bill, ExplainedHB 1110 addresses the state’s acute housing shortage, opening up affordable options for families, workers, and elderly and young home seekers.
Today’s top sustainability headlines for the Pacific Northwest, curated by Sightline Institute.
Speeding toward catastrophe
Indigenous leaders demand a seat at international water negotiations
EPA pressures OR to clean up groundwater pollution
In MT, it’s youth vs. the state in a landmark climate case
Canada’s national housing strategy needs a reset
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