Puget Sound Regional Council

Jan 24, 2018

Updated Through November 1, 2018

The GMVUAC interacts with the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) in a number of ways, including our Economic, Growth Management, and Transportation Committees.  Presented below are some of the various issues the GMVUAC monitors and advocates for our Rural Area constituency.  To read the GMVUAC’s comments submitted to the PSRC regarding any of the following programs, please visit our Letters webpage accessible from the Correspondence dropdown menu on our Homepage; or for more detailed information, please visit our Economic, Growth Management, and Transportation Committee webpages.

BACKGROUND OF PSRC

The Puget Sound Regional Council 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 .

The central Puget Sound region’s long-range transportation plan is undergoing a federally required review and update – scheduled for completion in May 2018. The timing is good. The region is experiencing a surge in growth, big decisions have been made on major transportation investments, and fast-developing new technologies are challenging planners to rethink assumptions about the future.

PSRC REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN

The draft Regional Transportation Plan has been released for a 45-day comment period through January 31. Let the region’s elected leadership know what you think. All comments will be shared with policy makers as they work in spring 2018 to finalize the plan.

Here is how to participate in review and comment on the draft Plan: PSRC Regional Transportation Plan

The four Rural Area Unincorporated Area Councils (GMVUAC, FCUAC, UBCUAC, and GV/LHA) submitted detailed Public Comments on the draft PSRC Regional Transportation Plan on January 29, 2018: PSRC RTP COMMENTS

PSRC REGIONAL OPEN SPACE CONSERVATION PLAN

The PSRC has prepared a Regional Open Space Conservation Plan; for which detailed information may be viewed here: PSRC Open Space Conservation Plan Website . This regional plan was published in final form on July 2, 2018, and is intended to accelerate the conservation of open space now and into the future.  Trails, parks, forests, farms and many other kinds of open space make the Puget Sound region a special place to live.  The Regional Open Space Conservation Plan is intended to knit together open space and related plans from counties, tribes, resource agencies, salmon recovery groups, and other organizations. The plan identifies and elevates these open space needs to attract funding and support.

The draft Regional Open Space Conservation Plan was reviewed by the GMVUAC, and our comments to the proposed plan may be read here:  PSRC ROSCP Comments_03 07 2018 .  Some highlights from our Comments on the Draft Plan include:

(1) Identification of conservation priorities to sustain our open spaces and ecological systems;
(2) Use of a “watershed” approach as critical to addressing key ecological factors;
(3) Recognition open spaces help directly and indirectly support our Rural Area economy;
(4) Concern for the loss of working farmland as development pressures continue to be exerted; and
(5) Coordinated planning among and within agencies and jurisdictions.

PSRC VISION 2050

The GMVUAC has reviewed and offered comments on PSRC’s Vision 2050 growth strategy. To read more about the PSRC’s Vision 2050 program, please click on the following link: PSRC Vision 2050 Website .