For the Tulalip Tribes, COG led a planning effort to develop a neighborhood concept plan and sustainable infrastructure for the Lower Quilceda area to address housing, economic opportunity, transportation, storm water management, recreation and natural and cultural resource protection and protect the Salish Sea and Tulalip Lands.
The project featured smart growth principles to balance critical ecosystem processes with anticipated future development. We also facilitated the Tribes’ participation in developing a neighborhood master plan for the project area. The master plan includes neighborhood, open space, streetscape and architectural design detail to illustrate the development approach and character across the district. Regulatory tools were developed to implement a smart growth approach. Additionally, the team assessed the market of the area as related to economic development needs in conjunction with neighborhood planning.
The Neighborhood Plan included six goals: 1) Tribal Benefit, 2) Partnerships and Collaboration, 3) Environmental and Community Health, 4) Housing, 5) Economic Vitality, and 6) Transportation Options. COG took on the tasks of project management, stakeholder/community involvement, developing the Green Infrastructure Plan, developing the Neighborhood and Visual Design Plans, and creating the land development code.