Toolbox Peer Networking Series: Past Sessions and Presentations

Upcoming Session 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Past Sessions

May 17, 2018: Local Planning and Implementation Housing Work Session

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


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



May 18, 2017: Successful Annexation Practices

Description: Cities and counties around the region have taken major steps to annex unincorporated urban areas, but this process is often easier said than done given complex state regulations, community concerns, and expense and uncertainty for cities and counties.   

Please join us for a discussion on best practices and case studies on annexations from across the region. This session will include presentations from several local planners who have helped to coordinate successful annexations using a variety of methods, along with a panel discussion.

Speakers: Dan Cardwell, Pierce County; Nicholas Matz, City of Bellevue; Eric Shields, City of Kirkland; Jason Sullivan, City of Bonney Lake


April 20, 2017: Healthy People, Healthy Places

Description: Chronic diseases are the most significant health epidemic of our time and societal costs are on the rise. But the news is not all bad. Human health is impacted by the health of the natural environment, the strength of our region’s communities and social networks, jobs and education, transportation systems, and the way we build our cities. These links put public health professionals, land use and transportation planners on the front lines of the fight against chronic disease. Innovative collaborations are helping to improve health outcomes and equity, and to maintain and improve the region’s quality of life and environmental and economic sustainability. 

Speakers: Marianne Seifert, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department; Amy Pow, Tacoma Pierce County Health Department; Keri Moore, Snohomish Health District; Crystal Nuno, Kitsap Public Health District; Julie West, Public Health – Seattle & King County; Amy Shumann, Public Health – Seattle & King County; and Rad Cunningham, Washington State Department of Health.



March 16, 2017: Implementing Local Climate Adaptation Policies

Description: Climate change has the potential to dramatically affect our environment, communities and economy. Central Puget Sound cities and counties are preparing for these impacts in a variety of ways, with many just getting started. Please join us for a discussion on how communities are preparing for a changing climate, from developing policies and a climate impact assessment to implementing actions. This session will include presentations from several climate experts and planners, along with a panel discussion.

Speakers: Erika Harris and Kelly McGourty, Puget Sound Regional Council; Lara Whitely Binder, Climate Impacts Group; Stacey Justus Nordgren, Foresight Partners; Jennifer Sutton, City of Bainbridge Island; Tracy Morgenstern, City of Seattle



February 16, 2017: Siting Homeless Shelters

Description: Homelessness is a concern for every central Puget Sound community, small and large, urban and suburban. In 2016, over 23,000 people, including children, experienced homelessness in the four-county region. Many local governments are actively working to provide short-and long-term shelter and services for those in need. Despite the growing need for shelters and community support to end homelessness, siting shelters is challenging and many proposed shelters are met with fierce opposition. Join us for a discussion of the range of actions and approaches cities are taking to effectively site homeless shelters. This session will include presentations from several cities that have recently sited shelters, along with a panel discussion.

Speakers: Jeff Wilson, City of Federal Way; Becky McCrary, City of Everett; Colleen Kelly, City of Redmond; David Bowling, Congregation for the Homeless; Leslie Miller, City of Kirkland; Klaus Nijhuis, ARCH

January 19, 2017: One Center City Plan

Description: One Center City will create a 20-year vision and action plan to improve transportation and provide great public spaces for everyone. This means having easy, affordable, and reliable travel options, as well as public spaces that are safe and inviting. One Center City will bring together many communities, perspectives and partners, to create a 20-year plan for how we move through, connect to, and experience Seattle’s Center City neighborhoods. It is a public/private partnership between the City of Seattle, King County, Sound Transit, and the Downtown Seattle Association. Over the next year, the plan will set priorities for how we use our streets, make sure that all the pieces of our transportation system work together, and identify opportunities to enhance the public realm.

Speaker: Eric Tweit, City of Seattle


December 15, 2016: Launching Local Climate Policies into Action

Description: Climate change has the potential to dramatically affect our environment, communities and economy. Central Puget Sound cities and counties have adopted comprehensive plans with policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change. However, it can be challenging to turn policies into actions. Please join us for a discussion of the range of actions that cities and counties are taking to analyze, sequester and reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases. This session will include presentations from several cities and counties along with a panel discussion. A session on implementing climate change adaptation policies is scheduled for the spring of 2017.

Speakers: Erika Harris and Kelly McGourty, Puget Sound Regional Council; Matt Kuharic, King County; Lisa Dulude, Snohomish County; Kristin Lynett, City of Tacoma; Miranda Redinger, City of Shoreline


October 20, 2016: Innovative Transit Planning Using REMIX

Description: As the region’s high capacity transit system continues to grow through the expansion of light rail and bus rapid transit lines in the next several years, ensuring that people can easily get to and use that system is an increasingly important priority. This session will provide an overview on the various efforts currently underway and recently concluded that attempt to provide an improved understanding of the region’s transit access needs, the types of investments that maximize access to transit given different station area environments, and the process by which local jurisdictions, transit agencies, and other important stakeholders can identify and implement these needed investments. Following that, a panel of leaders representing Sound Transit, King County Metro, and the City of Shoreline will discuss the role of their respective agency in delivering transit access, how these roles are negotiated in specific contexts where interests overlap, and opportunities for improving regional transit access in the years to come.

Speakers: Alex Krieg, Puget Sound Regional Council; Chris O’Claire, King County Metro; Ric Iglenfritz, Sound Transit; Scott MacColl, City of Shoreline