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Recognition Program: Application Instruction

The Quality Growth Alliance, comprised of a diverse group of organizations, will formally recognize and provide independent support for specific development proposals in King, Snohomish, Pierce and Kitsap counties that exemplify smart, sustainable, high-quality growth characteristics. The program intends to support and encourage the approval of outstanding project proposals by informing regulators, public officials, citizen groups, and others of the benefits these projects bring to a community and the region.

What kinds of project proposals are eligible for consideration?
Residential, commercial, institutional, or mixed-use projects (both new construction and rehabilitation) are eligible for consideration. Only developments that are – or shortly will be – under review for development approval and have not completed the entitlement process or broken ground are eligible to apply. Development proposals unlikely to achieve recognition, even though they may otherwise be eligible, may not be accepted for review. Applicants should contact the program manager Jared Jonson at (206) 224-4500 or jared.jonson@uli.org before submitting an application.

Will applications be kept in confidence?
Yes. All applications will be kept strictly confidential. If applications are not granted recognition, the jury’s comments will be provided and the applicant will be encouraged to re-apply.

What are the application deadlines?
The Alliance accepts applications for review on a quarterly basis. The 2013 application deadlines expire at the close of business on:

  • Friday, September 27, 2013

Who makes the decision on recognition?
Applications are reviewed by an independent jury consisting of representatives of Alliance member organizations and other at-large jurors from throughout the region, who are appointed for their professional expertise and experience in development-related disciplines. Meet the Jurors.

What are the criteria used by the Jury to evaluate applications?
The jury evaluates each application against a set of demanding Recognition Criteria relating to these characteristics of a proposed development:

    1. Location
    2. Density, Design, and Mix of Uses
    3. Transportation/Mobility/Accessibility
    4. Environment
    5. Mixed-Income Housing (for residential projects)
    6. Community Benefits
    7. Community Participation

The criteria vary depending on the level of recognition sought.

What different levels of recognition are available?

  • Preliminary Recognition recognizes proposals in their early stages, typically in the conceptual phase of projects. Preliminary Recognition is intended to be used by the developer only to help obtain preliminary or concept approval required by a local government, and only indicates that the Plan conceptually meets the Alliance’s quality growth standards.
  • Final Recognition must be based on detailed design and specification data and graphics, and indicates that the development meets the Alliance’s quality growth criteria and would, if built as planned, help the Puget Sound region accommodate growth in a manner that achieves sustainable economic, environmental and quality-of-life objectives.

Exemplary Recognition will be awarded in unique circumstances to developments that exceed Preliminary and Final Recognition criteria and are:

  • Located in local jurisdictions that have the highest quality growth and sustainability requirements
  • Surpass most or all local requirements or c) result in a local government adopting quality growth standards.

What are the benefits of recognition?
Recognition signifies that the project, as designed, will help the region accommodate anticipated growth in a manner that achieves economic, environmental, and quality-of-life objectives. The purpose of the program is to educate public officials and the public at large about the benefits of recognized projects to the community and region. This is accomplished through the following:

  • A letter of recognition that demonstrates independent support by the Quality Growth Alliance’s diverse group of organizations
  • Publicity through press releases, ads, website summaries and recognition at Quality Growth Alliance events
  • Independent testimony by Quality Growth Alliance partner organizations at public meetings explaining the recognition and why the proposal gained it

When will project proposals be recognized?
Projects in this round (September 27 deadline) will be recognized by mid-November.

What are the costs of applying?
There is an application fee of $2,500 for each application. If an applicant received Preliminary Recognition and applies for Final Recognition, or reapplies for recognition, then a reduced fee of $1,500 will be charged. Checks should be made out to the “Quality Growth Alliance c/o ULI Northwest.”

Is there an application form? What information must be submitted?
There is no separate application form; applicants should respond within the recognition criteria document. The materials required to support an application are listed below. The applicant should address all applicable questions listed in the recognition criteria in a narrative no longer than 30 letter-sized pages and submit this in a bound format. Concise, clear, and detailed responses are expected. Printed materials, such as marketing brochures, as well as any studies or reports by either the applicant or the jurisdiction, may be submitted as attachments. The application must be accompanied by full-size copies of the materials listed below (half-size copies acceptable if legibility is not compromised). Legibility of graphics will be important. Submit one digital version of the criteria and graphics, and 12 hard copies of all materials (excluding optional materials).

Required Application Materials:

  1. Project Description: Identify uses, number of levels, area, and brief project description
  2. Vicinity Map: Identify site location, transit locations, adjacent key amenities
  3. Neighborhood context plan: Provide aerial photo, identify site location, transit locations, adjacent uses and services and adjacent key amenities
  4. Site Plan: Identify property lines, site access, parking, landscape area, open space, paving, street names, building outlines, setbacks
  5. General Land Use Information: Provide zoning classification, comprehensive plan classification, site area, allowable coverage % or footprint, maximum basic height allowed, bonus height allowed, allowable FAR, units per SF or acre
  6. Neighborhood Context: Provide images to show existing adjacent blocks or area and proposed development with relationship to adjacent
  7. Proposed Project Mass Diagram: Show height, bulk, and scale
  8. Building Floor Plans: Identify uses, areas, circulation, etc.
  9. Building Elevations: Identify proposed materials and finishes if applying, and building height
  10. Development Team Track Record: Provide development team contact information including developer, designers, engineers, and other consultants. Provide listing of completed projects that demonstrate a track record of high-quality performance and proven experience
  11. Local Government Process: Provide information on where the development is in the local government development review process. Provide summaries of staff reports and recommendations.
  12. Recognition Criteria: Complete document

Where should applications be sent?
Email digital materials to jared.jonson@uli.org. For large files, contact us to make arrangements to share these files using FTP or other methods. Mail or hand-deliver applications to the Quality Growth Alliance c/o ULI Northwest, 1800 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1515, Seattle, WA, 98101.
Where is more information available? Send application questions to jared.jonson@uli.org.

If you have questions about the Recognition Program, please contact Jury Chair Bill Kreager at
206-849-5304 or billkreager@gmail.com.

Article: Recognition Program: Application Instruction

(Article posted on Friday, June, 7th, 2013 at 6:24 pm)