Legislative Priorities

Legislative Engagement Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib Visit 2018

The City of Lynnwood proactively engages with Washington State Legislators, often with our 21st and 32nd district legislators, including the Washington State Congressional leaders, to advocate and convey our City’s legislative priorities. Many decisions that are made in Olympia and Washington, D.C., have direct or indirect impacts on our City’s ability to provide program and services to the people of Lynnwood. When our legislators know our City priorities and community stories from residents and business owners related to those priorities, they are better equipped to represent our interests in Olympia and D.C. Each year, Lynnwood Officials develop the City's Legislative Priorities. 

Our 2020 priorities:

  • Maintain and create new transportation-specific revenue options for cities.

  • Improve and expand state transportation funding programs.

  • Work on a statewide transportation package to include City of Lynnwood Poplar Way Bridge project.

  • Deal with legal and funding issues following the passage of WA Initiative 976.

Special Projects:

POPLAR WAY BRIDGENew bridge connection over I-5 to improve access and circulation for Lynnwood’s future regional growth. 

42ND AVENUE WESTBrand new street in the City Center core to improve connectivity and pedestrian access. 

48th AVENUE WEST: Wider sidewalks with buffered bicycle lanes to improve multi-modal connectivity to SR 524, Lynnwood City Center and future light rail station.

  •  Protect and maintain the level of state-shared revenues provided to local governments. 

  • Work on efforts that provide appropriate funding and authority to improve community health and safety efforts to respond to the mental health, opioid and homelessness epidemics.

  • Support sustainability public health funding.

  • Support local jails with statewide medication assisted treatment services to save lives and reduce recidivism.

  • Support local courts in safety standards to effectively manage caseloads and provide adequate security.

  • Increase capacity for forensic DNA testing at the Washington State Patrol Criminal Laboratory System.


Special Projects:

COMMUNITY JUSTICE CENTER: In partnership with the Community Health Center of Snohomish County, the new Justice Center will improve building standards for public safety and address community health crises. 

  • Provide local parks and recreation agencies new funding options to address vital maintenance and operations, and preservation needs such as creating Parks Benefit Districts (PBD). PBDs would allow local agencies to include a sales tax percentage increase and access those proceeds with voter approval.

  • Protect funding of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, Youth Athletic Facilities, Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which are the backbone for critical park projects; and fund these programs in the 2020 Supplemental Capital Budget.

  • Support adequate funding of grant programs such as the Healthiest Next Generation, Bicycle and Pedestrian and Safe Routes to School that help youth and adults to live healthy lifestyles and enjoy walking, bicycling and other forms of active recreation.


Special Projects:

SOUTH LYNNWOOD PARKWith direct access to the Interurban Trail, this 4.2-acre diverse neighborhood park is being re-developed for active recreational use.

  • Provide local government with financing tools such as the Tax Increment Financing to fund public infrastructure needed for economic development and community revitalization such as the Lynnwood City Center.

  • Retain full funding for Associated Development Organizations for economic vitality and building strong partnerships with local communities.

  • Fund the state sales tax incentive for annexations and support annexation assistance programs consistent with the Growth Management Act.

  • Support funding for a statewide tourism program.


Special Projects:

CITY CENTERThis 9.1 million square feet community plan is anchored around Sound Transit Lynnwood Link Light Rail, which is envisioned to become a vibrant commercial center and welcoming place to live, work and play. There are a wide range of business, retail, residential, and cultural development projects already completed or underway in the City Center area.