The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) has put out a draft proposal for VISION 2050, the multi-county policy document to guide regional growth through the Year 2050. The VISION 2050 plan is the next permutation of VISION 2040, the current regional long-range growth plan, stipulating how population and jobs should be allocated by geography type in the counties of King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap. By 2050, the region is projected to grow by another 1.8 million residents and 1.2 million jobs.
The regional growth plan provides a broad framework on how counties and cities should address a variety of planning topics, such as housing, the environment, economic development, infrastructure, transportation, development patterns, open space, and climate change. This ultimately affects how local land use decisions are made through designation of Urban Growth Areas, zoning, and development regulations as well as how the PSRC allocates pass-through funding for things like local and regional transportation investments.
Through mid-month, the PSRC is taking public comment on the draft proposal.
A growth plan centered around transit
In the draft proposal, the PSRC is moving forward with a plan that most closely resembles the “Transit Focused Growth Alternative” evaluated in the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement issued earlier this year. Generally speaking, that alternative performed best across different environmental topics and metrics than the “Stay The Course Alternative” and “Reset Urban Growth Alternative”. The Regional Growth Strategy in the plan would allocate 65% of regional population growth and 75% of regional job growth within Regional Growth Centers, Manufacturing/Industrial Centers, and near high-capacity transit. Only a small proportion of growth would be allocated to occur outside of Urban Growth Areas.