Toolbox Peer Networking Series: Past Sessions and Presentations

Past Sessions

July 16, 2021: Mobile Home Parks: The Region's Invisible Affordable Housing

Topic: Mobile Home Parks: The Region's Invisible Affordable Housing

Description: Mobile and manufactured homes offer a very affordable option for single-family ownership and rental housing. Yet mobile-home parks have largely been casualties of the region’s skyrocketing housing costs. Preserving manufactured home communities at risk of redevelopment is an effective strategy for sustaining an important component of the affordable housing stock, as well as preventing displacement of existing residents.

Speakers: Hayley Bonsteel, AICP, Long-range Planning Manager, City of Kent; Dawn Couch, Senior Project Manager, BERK Consulting; Brigid Henderson, Manager, Manufactured/Mobile Home Relocation Assistance Program, WA State Department of Commerce; Brooke Brooling, Manager, Manufactured/Mobile Home Relocation Coordination Program, WA State Department of Commerce; Kyle Jung, Commerce Specialist, Community Support Programs, WA State Department of Commerce; Victoria O’Banion, Marketing and Acquisitions Specialist, ROC Northwest/NW Cooperative Development Center


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April 30, 2021: Advancing Equity in Regional Transportation Planning

Topic: Advancing Equity in Regional Transportation Planning

Description: Regional planning agencies make decisions that shape transportation, land use, and the built environment. The Puget Sound Regional Council is in the midst of updating the Regional Transportation Plan, and is working to bring agencies together to hear how they’re using transportation planning to advance equity in their communities.

Speakers: Charles Patton, PhD, Puget Sound Regional Council; Elizabeth Scott, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning; Courtney Aguirre, Southern California Agency for Planning; Kim Ellis, Joe Gordon, Sebrina Owens-Wilson, Jeffrey Raker, Metro, Portland, Oregon

Moderator: Anita Whitfield, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, King County, WA


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February 26, 2021: Transit Planning after COVID-19

Description: COVID-19 has impacted community resources in many ways, including the ability of transit agencies and other organizations to provide continued and reliable public transportation services. Transit agencies in particular have been working to evaluate these impacts on service in both the short term and long term. 

Speakers: Erik Rundell, King County Metro; Kevin Futhey, Commute Seattle; Hester Serebrin, Transportation Choices Coalition


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October 23, 2020: Public Space and COVID-19 - Retrofits for Recovery

Description: As local jurisdictions continue to address the challenges of COVID-19, adapting streets and public spaces have been a critical tool to aid public health and economic recovery. Many cities have adopted temporary changes to provide more space for walking, outdoor dining, and other activities safely. This session took a closer look at how cities retrofitted their streets to help public health and economic recovery, as well as a deeper look into the Healthy Business Streets guide, a toolkit for local jurisdictions on implementing temporary adjustments to streets.

Speakers: Devin Reynolds, Economic Development Specialist, Ballard Alliance; Katie Baker, AICP, Planning Manager, City of Puyallup; Meredith Neal, Economic Development Manager, City of Puyallup; Alyse Nelson, AICP, Strategic Advisor, Seattle Department of Transportation; Casey Rogers, Public Space Program Manager, Seattle Department of Transportation


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July 24, 2020: Safety and Transportation

Description: Safety is paramount for the region’s transportation system. Ensuring the safety of all users on our roadways, bikeways, walkways, and transit networks encompasses a wide range of strategies from the local to national level. Reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries is a key priority for the update of the Regional Transportation Plan. 

Speakers: Diane K. Lenius, P.E., City Engineer, City of Poulsbo, and Jane Terry, Vice President, Government Affairs, National Safety Council


February 20, 2020: Access to Transit

Description: The central Puget Sound region’s transit network is expanding faster than ever before, opening opportunities for more people to use transit to get to the places they go instead of driving. Making sure as many people as possible can easily get to and use transit is fundamental to the success of the network.

Speakers: Sara Sisco – Hopelink, Sean Robertson - Pierce Transit, Shawn Phelps - Pierce County, Steffani Lilli - Kitsap Transit, and Karl Almgren, AICP - City of Lynnwood


November 21, 2019: Partnerships to Tackle Big Problems

Description: The region is facing big challenges with local, regional and global implications – climate change, the opioid crisis, and housing affordability – just to name a few. Planners are seeking ways to make far-reaching and fundamental social change on a variety of major issues at the local level. Through increased collaboration and creating likely and unlikely partnerships, many efforts can have a greater impact.

This work session delved into this complex topic, with a three-hour session that included an overview of new models for collaboration and small group activities for attendees to brainstorm how they can create partnerships to tackle big problems.

Speakers: Alessandra Durham, Snohomish County; Meghan Weinman, Puget Sound Energy; Brad Gaolach, WSU Extension


October 4, 2019: Bringing the Region Together: BRT Event

Description: On October 4, 2019, the event Bringing the Region Together brought together a broad range of stakeholders for a regional conversation about bus rapid transit. Building on the region’s commitment to bus rapid transit—growing from 8 lines today to 42 lines in 2040—community and industry leaders explored innovative techniques and best practices for building thriving and equitable BRT communities.


May 16, 2019: Parking & Housing Affordability

Description: Housing affordability and parking availability are two of the most vexing problems for cities and towns across the region. Traditional parking standards have created an oversupply of parking in many communities, contributing to urban sprawl, traffic congestion, and increased housing costs—especially for people who do not drive. Looking towards 2050, there are opportunities to reimagine parking planning as a way to enhance communities and improve livability.
This work session took a “deep dive” into this complex topic, with a three-hour session that included an overview of issues and opportunities related to on- and off-street parking and case studies of innovative and successful parking strategies and programs, as well as walking tours to showcase innovative parking planning in action in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Speakers: Janet Lewine, City of Bellevue; Alex Brennan, Capitol Hill Housing; Angela Rozmyn, Natural & Built Environments LLC

April 8, 2019: Regional Transit Integration - Lessons from Germany

Description: Transit agencies in the central Puget Sound region are striving to create a seamless, easy-to-use system that provides equitable and convenient access for residents and visitors no matter where they want to go. This requires the transit agencies to continually work on fare integration, trip planning, and customer information. Many of these issues have been addressed in Germany through regional coordination. 

Speakers: Kirk Hovenkotter, Transit Center; Thomas Werner, MVG Munich; Gisela Grafin von Schlieffen, RMV Frankfurt


February 21, 2019: Siting Facilities for Whole Communities

Description: As the region plans for 2050, public facilities and utilities will need to expand accordingly to provide services to an additional 1.8 million people. With limited developable land remaining in urban areas, how can cities, counties, and special service districts work together to build and maintain facilities, such as schools and libraries, that are efficient, reliable, sustainable, and cost-effective, and also serve as focal points for local communities?

This work session will take a “deep dive” into this complex topic, with a three-hour session that includes an overview of issues and opportunities related to siting schools, expanding utilities, and designing parks and open spaces in ways that enhance communities, as well as small-group breakout discussions to evaluate facility siting in existing regional policy.

Speakers: Jeff Clarke, Alderwood Water & Wastewater District; Denise Stiffarm, Pacific Law Group; Sarah Olson, City of Lynnwood Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department


December 7, 2018: Social Equity

Description: As the region plans for 2050, how can regional policies and actions ensure that all people can attain the resources and opportunities that improve their quality of life? Do current plans and policies disproportionately impact different populations? How can the updated regional plan, VISION 2050, better integrate an equity lens to ensure all residents in the region have opportunities?

This work session will take a “deep dive” into this complex topic, with a three-hour session that includes an overview of social equity evaluation tools, including a new regional analysis of neighborhoods that may face higher risk of displacement due to redevelopment and other factors, and small-group breakouts to begin to evaluate social equity in existing regional policy.

Speakers: David Goldberg, City of Seattle; Brian Lee, Puget Sound Regional Council


September 20, 2018: Land Use and Transportation Technology

Description: Emerging transportation technologies — such as autonomous vehicles, ride-hailing, and car-sharing — offer a lot of promise for the future of urban transportation, but also potential negative impacts.

As the region plans for the year 2050, how can regional efforts support and address emerging transportation technologies and their impacts to land use? What do leaders need to think about to ensure these technologies are equitable and accessible to everyone?
The work session will take a “deep dive” into this complex topic, with a three-hour session that includes an overview of research and current activities, and small-group discussions to help identify regional priorities and pathways to move forward to address transportation technology and land use.
Speakers: Steve Banfield, ReachNow; Linda Lyshall, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency; Erin Leonhart, City of Bothell

May 17, 2018: Local Planning and Implementation Housing

Description: The region is growing at a historic pace, and with this growth comes challenges in how to ensure the availability and affordability of homes for all residents. As the region plans for the year 2050, how should regional policies and actions ensure housing is affordable and connected to jobs, services, and transportation options? 

The work session will take a “deep dive” into this complex topic, with a three-hour session that includes an overview of policy and regulatory frameworks, and small-group discussions to help identify regional policy priorities and pathways to move forward to address housing issues.

Speakers: Marty Kooistra, Housing Development Consortium; Alexander Casey, Zillow; Emily Alvarado, City of Seattle Office of Housing; Brian Lloyd, Beacon Development Group; Paul Inghram, Puget Sound Regional Council

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January 18, 2018: Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness

Description: The central Puget Sound is prone to flooding, earthquakes, and landslides. While disasters cannot be avoided, planners can help to mitigate the impacts to people and property, and help communities to respond and recover more efficiently.
Please join us for a discussion on best practices and case studies on disaster management from across the region. This session will include presentation from planners who have helped to develop and implement a variety of disaster management plans and programs, along with a panel discussion.
Speakers: Bob Freitag, UW Institute for Hazard Mitigation Planning and Research; Kate Mickelson, Department of Natural Resources; Jason Biermann, Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management; Kelly McGourty, Puget Sound Regional Council 

November 16, 2017: NACTO Urban Street Design Guidelines

Description: Streets make up over three-quarters of the public space in cities, but they often fail to provide safe and comfortable places for people to walk, bike, drive, take transit, and socialize. Cities are leading the way to redesign and reinvest in streets to move traffic efficiently and provide safe spaces for people.

Speakers: Dongho Chang, Seattle Department of Transportation; Bill Bryant, King County Metro

September 21, 2017: Final 50 Feet: Urban Delivery System

Description: The final 50 feet of the urban delivery system begins at the city-owned curb, commercial vehicle load zone, or sidewalk. The last 50 feet provide challenges to goods delivery because there is a high—and growing—demand for scarce road, curb, and sidewalk space in urban areas with multiple competing uses.
Please join us for a discussion of data driven tools to optimize the final 50 feet of deliveries of business and consumer goods and how this data is informing decisions to revise codes and regulations and to make near- and long-term planning decisions regarding the management of scarce and expensive space in final 50 feet locations.
Speakers: Barbara Ivanov, Haena Kim, Jose Machado, Gaby Giron, UW Urban Freight Lab; Chris Eaves, City of Seattle

July 20, 2017: Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero

Description: A new collaboration called Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero will tap new technologies to analyze traffic camera video footage available in many cities, and use near-miss collisions to predict where future crashes are likely to occur. Traffic engineers could then take corrective action to prevent them. Please join us for a discussion of the Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero crowdsourcing effort. This session will include a presentation from project leads at the City of Bellevue as well as a demonstration of the video analytics technology.

Speaker: Franz Loewenherz, City of Bellevue


June 15, 2017: Multimodal Level of Service Workshop

Description: With more opportunities to walk, bike, and take transit, our transportation networks are constantly evolving. However, conventional Level of Service methodologies focus on one user: the vehicle driver. Many jurisdictions are working to broaden LOS to address the movement of people and goods using multiple transportation modes to create a more inclusive, flexible, and integrated transportation network.

Speakers: Kendra Breiland, Fehr and Peers; Tom Hauger, City of Seattle; Kevin McDonald, City of Bellevue; Jason Sullivan, City of Bonney Lake; Kristen Overleese, City of Kenmore


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