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March 31, 2016
External article, Next City
Seattle Preserves Farmland, Funds Infrastructure by Building Taller Condos

November 10, 2015
King County’s innovative partnership with Seattle to fuel smart growth and save farmland wins ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from state

Jul. 8, 2013
Innovative Transfer of Development Rights would move $18 million in density credits from rural farms and forests to South Lake Union and downtown Seattle

Jul. 24, 2012
Executive and Mayor announce innovative partnership for rural protections and urban densities
Incentive program provides new public benefits for development of South Lake Union while preserving rural farms and forests

May 14, 2012
External article, Sightline Daily
For Climate, Place Matters

Sept. 4, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
New county strategy against sprawl: Help small growers stay on the land and supply urban farmers markets

Aug. 26, 2010
Snoqualmie Valley farmland protected by King County development rights program
Executive supports protection of more rural farmlands that provide fresh produce to urban farmers markets

June 29, 2010
External  article, Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
Constantine: Renew the TDR partnership

June 25, 2010
Executive proposes renewal of innovative Transfer of Development Rights partnership
Density credits would be transferred to urban area from rural farms that supply urban farmers markets

Sept. 8, 2009
Blog Article, Seattle Post Intelligencer
Bellevue's impending vision of smart growth

Sept. 7, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Bellevue has 'regional deal' in place for future Bel-Red development

Aug. 13, 2009
Proposed Bellevue - King County deal gives city smart growth, saves county open space

Apr. 28, 2009
External opinion, Seattle Times
Mountains to Sound, acre by green acre

Dec. 10, 2008
Upper Green River Watershed protected forever in King County-Plum Creek conservation agreement

December 10, 2008
KOMO 4 the Earth Report
Major land deal between King County and Plum Creek Timber

Dec. 12, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
Development Credits Preserve Green Future
"Extraordinary conservation deal...will be applauded as brilliant foresight by generations to come."

Dec. 10, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Timber, but no homes, on 45,500-acre swath
Deal aims to fight suburban sprawl

Jan. 4, 2008
King County protects open space, habitat while housing density increases in urban core
Sims says best-in-nation TDR Program is perfect tool for smart growth

Jan. 2, 2007
Seattle Times
Can I-933 foes, backers reach a compromise?

Nov. 9, 2006
King County’s open-space protection gets boost from Seattle skyscraper’s higher reach

Nov. 9, 2006
Blog Article, Seattle Post Intelligencer
Hey, baby, wanna transfer some development rights?

May 16, 2006
King County, Girl Scout land-preservation deal earns 'innovative conservation' award

Jan. 18, 2006
Seattle Times
Deal will protect Girl Scout camp

Jan. 18, 2006
King County uses development rights transfer to protect 438-acre Carnation Girl Scout Camp

Oct. 3, 2005
Sims says innovative deal will conserve land, boost recreation, protect Black Diamond's character

June 7, 2005
Landmark agreement new model for conservation
Conserves open space, protects working forests, fosters recreational improvements and promotes planned community growth

June 29, 2005
King County honored by HUD for efforts to increase affordable housing

July 25, 2005
David S. Broder, Washington Post
A Green Blueprint Near Seattle

April 22, 2005
Executive Sims lays out open space conservation vision -- the Greenprint for King County Snoqualmie Preservation Initiative

July, 25, 2002
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
King County buys development rights on tract, saving forest

July, 25, 2002
Seattle Times
County will keep forest undeveloped

July, 25, 2002
Eastside Journal
County pays to stop development - 443-acre forest near Carnation won't see houses, just loggers

July, 25, 2002
Snoqualmie Valley Record
Development-rights purchase preserves Ames Lake land

July, 24, 2002
Ames Lake Forest saved through transfer of development rights program

August 28, 2001
Seattle Times (External Link)
County extends program that protects rural land

April 23, 2001
Seattle Times (External Link)
Can you see Sugarloaf from Four Columns Park?

April 5, 2001
Daily Journal of Commerce (External Link)
King County's TDR Program Receives Regional Vision 2020 Award

March 27, 2001
Puget Sound Business Journal (External Link)
Developers bargain for height in Denny Triangle

February 26, 2001
Change sweeping the Denny Triangle

January 5, 2001
County's "Development Credit" bank saves Sugarloaf Mountain

October 3, 2000
King County's innovative Transfer of Development Credits Program receives "Partnership" award for Issaquah TDC project.

June 13, 2000
Daily Journal of Commerce (External link)
Denny Triangle eyed for mixed-use complex. Office space, residences, a grocery store and other retail in 1.1 million square feet.

May 5, 2000
Seattle PI (External Link)
Vanishing views raise concerns for life in city

April 10, 2000
Transfer of Development Credits Program gets a boost

March 28, 2000
First Transfer of Development Credits in NW celebrated

March 25, 1997
Washington Post (External Link)
Montgomery's line of defense against the suburban invasion

For questions about TDR Program please contact Michael Murphy, Program Manager.