PSRC VISION 2050

Updated Through March 17, 2019

The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) is the regional planning organization for the four-county central Puget Sound region of Washington state. PSRC is committed to creating a great future for the region through planning for regional transportation, land use and economic development, under authority embodied in state and federal laws. To read more about the PSRC, its mission and numerous programs, please click on the following link: Puget Sound Regional Council Website.

 VISION 2050

The GMVUAC, in alliance with other Unincorporated Area Councils and Associations, is reviewing the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) and preparing detailed Public Comment on the PSRC’s VISION 2050 (https://www.psrc.org/vision) to be submitted by April 29, 2019. The SEIS is looking at three regional growth alternatives: 

  • “Stay the Course”A direct extension of the VISION 2040 Regional Growth Strategy and assumes a compact growth pattern, focused in the largest and most transit-connected cities in the region with designated regional growth centers.
  • “Transit Focused Growth”Considers a compact growth pattern based on the VISION 2040 Regional Growth Strategy that assumes accelerated growth near the region’s existing and planned transit investments in Metropolitan, Core, and High-Capacity Transit (HCT) Communities, with less growth in the outlying areas.
  • “Reset Urban Growth” Based on VISION 2040 and shares similarities with actual growth patterns that occurred from 2000 to 2016 and assumes a more distributed growth pattern throughout the urban area, but with more growth in outlying areas.

The GMVUAC supports the PSRC’s proposed new categorization system called: “regional geographies” to classify cities and unincorporated areas by roles and types:

  • Metropolitan Cities
  • Core Cities
  • HCT (High-Capacity Transit) Communities
  • Cities & Towns
  • Urban Unincorporated Areas
  • Rural
  • Resource Lands
  • Major Military Installations

This hierarchy better defines and more carefully recognizes the differences among such varied “geographies” and, thus, will allow a better allocation of resources to fill infrastructure needs.

 

 

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