Sumner and Pacific have a new regional manufacturing/industrial center.
The cities requested designation of the 2,100-acre industrial area at the beginning of the year due to the importance of the area’s proximity to rail, highways, the Port of Tacoma, as well as the key businesses in the area, such as Amazon, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Composite Solutions.
The new center is the first manufacturing/industrial center to be regionally designated in well over a decade and the only regional center beyond Paine Field that is shared by two jurisdictions. It joins eight existing MICs, all designated prior to 2003.
Development within the proposed center could accommodate significant employment growth in an area that is well served by transportation and other public facilities, and its designation as the region’s ninth regional manufacturing/ industrial center would give further support to the cities’ efforts to shape a successful industrial employment area.
The new Sumner-Pacific Manufacturing/Industrial Center is provisionally designated pending completion of a subarea plan by the cities and certification that it meets requirements for center plans.