Past Successes

Here are some past programs and initiatives ULI Northwest has completed that further the ULI mission in the Pacific Northwest. These programs and initiatives demonstrate ULI Northwest’s leadership in addressing our region’s urban land use policy issues to benefit our cities, create thriving communities, and improve our quality of life.

Past Successes

Bus Rapid Transit Initiative

By 2013, King County Metro Transit’s rapid transit (BRT) service, known as RapidRide, will be expanding to six lines covering 64 miles of high-use corridors. The Bus Rapid Transit and Land Use Initiative is the product of a partnership among ULI Northwest, King County Metro Transit, the City of Seattle, the City of Shoreline, and the ULI/Curtis Regional Infrastructure Project.

Reality Check 2008

ULI Northwest (formerly ULI Seattle), Puget Sound Regional Council, University of Washington, Enterprise Community Partners, Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy), NAIOP, Futurewise, and the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties convened a diverse group of community stakeholders and policy leaders to work on Reality Check. Reality Check was a one-day participatory GIS-based exercise. Approximately 250 regional political, business, development, community, and environmental leaders were invited to analyze and develop alternative growth scenarios for our rapidly growing region, and to make tough decisions about transportation investment to serve this growth.

Workforce Housing Initiative

For several decades, the central Puget Sound region’s increasing housing costs near urban centers has led to undesired consequences, forcing families to live farther and farther from their jobs. With increasing fuel costs and diminished home values, the need for diverse housing options near jobs has never been as critical. To spur regional dialogue and increase the availability of workforce housing near employment centers, ULI Northwest and Enterprise Community Partners launched a vigorous workforce housing initiative.