Smart Planning for Growth

Washington State's robust economic growth is changing the way we live and the communities & homes in which we wish to live. Washington State's Growth Management Act (GMA) was passed in 1990 to help stop placeless sprawl, protect the environment, and meet other planning concerns. All cities and counties in Washington are required to develop & implement individual Comprehensive Plans that lay out specific details as to how they will meet Washington's Growth Management Objectives.

The Cottage Company has been there nearly from the beginning, creating new 'pocket neighborhood' communities under innovative land use strategies as 'models' for new single family housing choice, that foster sustainability and environmental stewardship without sacrifice. Our high-quality homes and sensitive site design results in special & cherished communities.

The Cottage Company has become synonymous with success stories by providing models for compact, connected, and walk able urban development. Danielson Grove was cited for its innovative approaches when the City of Kirkland received the State of Washington Governor's 2008 Smart Choice Award. Conover Commons received the 2006 Sunset Magazine Western Home Award for Best New Community. The list of our awards, press coverage and sold out communities all speak to our leadership position by building high-quality, energy efficient detached single-family homes as pocket neighborhood communities and our willingness to be a resource to others - to share our knowledge.

What city leaders say:

"Thank you, Linda, for your help in the development of Kent's cottage housing demonstration ordinance. Your insight into cottage housing development standards and knowledge of and experience with the Puget Sound region's cottage communities and land use code ordinances proved useful in the development of our own ordinance."  Planning Director, City of Kent, WA.

"The Cottage Company was instrumental in educating the Lake Stevens Planning Commission and Council on successful cottage housing developments starting with a tour of Greenwood Avenue Cottages and continuing through testimony at public hearings during adoption.  Linda was especially helpful to staff during the code drafting stage by identifying jurisdictions with good cottage codes.  With Linda's assistance, the draft code became an adopted demonstration program."  Planning Director, City of Lake Stevens, WA.