Mark Johnson, PLA
Mark Johnson, PLA

Mark brings more than 30 years of experience in planning, design, project management, and regulatory review.

Mark manages projects related to planning and permitting, and has contributed to land use policy, recreation, and permitting for many projects. With previous experience working as a supervising land use planner for the City of Seattle, he brings a unique and multifaceted perspective to community planning work. Mark is dedicated to good planning that reflects the past, present, and future of neighborhoods, as demonstrated by his past volunteer work as a Seattle Planning Commissioner and as a neighborhood planning leader.

Mark’s recent work includes environmental and permitting support for a number of Sound Transit projects, the Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link Environmental Impact Statement, and the Energize Eastside Environmental Impact Statement.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington.

June 14, 2019

There’s No Place Like Home: Seattle’s Experiment with Mandatory Housing Affordability

In a fast-growing city, strong economic growth and demand for leasable floor area compete directly with affordable space for seniors, students, artists, and service workers. While a city is created by buildings, people are what anchor a community.

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February 23, 2018

Growth, Zoning, and Their Effect on Neighborhoods

Wherever population growth takes place—city or suburb—it requires space. A need for more space spurs some level of redevelopment, which affects established neighborhoods—places where people already live. Zoning changes tend to bring about misgivings within affected communities, fueled by fears of gentrification, overtaxed infrastructure, and a threat to dramatically change the historic fabric of a neighborhood.

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March 25, 2017

Completing the Missing Link:
A Multi-Use Trail Sparks Controversy

The Burke-Gilman Trail (BGT) is one of the most heavily used pedestrian and bicycling paths in Seattle, serving as a major transportation corridor for commuter and recreational bicyclists. Noted as a top priority project in the City’s Bicycle Master Plan, the completion of the BGT network will improve Seattle’s health and quality of life by providing safe bicycle and pedestrian travel routes for residents of all ages.

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