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COIN Presentation – Introduction for Local Government, Affiliates and NGO Teams

Posted in: Planning Process by Eric Sopp on October 26, 2014 | No Comments

The County Innovation Network (COIN) is local government’s network for connecting, searching and sharing. COIN is a free, private and managed resource for Officials and staff of local government, affiliates and NGOs. Anyone in local government can join, regardless of affiliations or association memberships.

Planning Near Pipelines – Valuable Land-Use Planning Tools Are Now On-line

Posted in: Planning Process by Eric Sopp on January 27, 2010 | No Comments

For Immediate Release: December 28, 2009
For Information Contact:
Dick Goldsmith, Pipeline Safety Trust
(206) 789-2849

With the launch of a web page called Planning Near Pipelines, there is now available in one place a wide range of resources so that development proposed for lands near large gas and oil pipelines can be carried out with the least risk to both the public and the pipelines.

On-line at, Planning Near Pipelines is an important source of information for local government officials, land use planners, developers, pipeline operators, attorneys, emergency responders, and other stakeholders. Here is where to learn about good land use practices that can be put in place before residential, commercial, or public development is considered for an area where a large pipeline already exists.

This web page is just one component of a federally-funded project awarded to the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) and its partners to improve land use planning practices near pipelines. Over the next year, local governments in Washington State will be able to obtain free technical assistance to help them understand and implement these practices. The project will also include publication of electronic newsletters, the hosting of an on-line discussion group, and presentations to Washington State stakeholder organizations.

Among the on-line resources are a series of practical and optional steps—Recommended Practices—that local governments, developers, pipeline operators and others should consider before proposals to develop land near pipelines are drawn up. These Recommended Practices, which were developed by the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA), are in the final stages of adoption. PIPA is a task force of stakeholders brought together by the federal government from across the nation to help rapidly-growing communities resolve land use issues as they expand into areas that were sparsely populated when large gas and oil pipelines were built.

Other resources available on the Planning Near Pipelines web page include sample ordinances for implementing some of the Recommended Practices, as well as on-line links to laws, regulations, organizations, and governmental agencies involved with pipeline safety and land use planning.

Although free technical assistance is available only to Washington State local governments, everyone is encouraged to subscribe to the electronic newsletter or join the on-line discussion group. For further information about the grant activities, contact these grant partners: Municipal Research and Services Center ( or the Pipeline Safety Trust (

In addition to MRSC and PST, other AWC project partners are the Northwest Gas Association, the Washington State Association of Counties, the Washington State Citizens’ Committee on Pipeline Safety, and the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission.

Responding to Streams of Land Use Disputes

Posted in: Planning Process, Resources by Eric Sopp on September 18, 2009 | No Comments

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