Growth Management Policy Board to Meet Nov 7

The Growth Management Policy Board is scheduled to meet at PSRC offices on November 7.

The Growth Management Policy Board will meet at PSRC offices on November 7.

The Growth Management Policy Board will meet at PSRC offices on November 7.

The board is scheduled to act on recommendations to certify comprehensive plans for the cities of Des Moines, North Bend and Renton and to extend conditional certification on Bonney Lake’s comprehensive plan.

ARCH is scheduled to present a regional approach to planning for housing for discussion.

The board will also discuss the Regional Centers Monitoring Report, the next steps in the Growing Transit Communities program, and stormwater technical assistance.

The meeting will be held in the Central Meeting Room, which does not have webstreaming capability.

See the full agenda.


Population Growth Increases for Second Year in a Row

Between 2012 and 2013, the four-county region grew by 38,000 people (1%). This is the second consecutive year of increased growth for the region.

annual population change

More people are migrating to the region as the economy grows and the unemployment rate continues to decline.

top ten cities nominal growth

Kirkland, Kent and Seattle top the list of the region’s cities adding the most people since 2010.

Growth in Kent and Kirkland is the result of major annexations in 2010 and 2011, when large numbers of households previously located in unincorporated King County were annexed into city boundaries.

Seattle’s growth – nearly 18,000 people since 2010 — comes solely from natural population change and net migration.

top ten cities percentage growth

Kirkland, Burien, Kent and Port Orchard top the list of fastest growing cities on a percentage basis, experiencing population increases ranging from 15% to 68%, due to annexations.

There’s more data in the October issue of Puget Sound Trends and a spreadsheet of population changes for the cities, towns, and counties in the region.

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City of Sultan Honored for Outstanding Achievement

Way to go, Sultan!

The city’s Sultan Basin Road and US 2 Realignment project has won an award for Outstanding Achievement in Infrastructure from the Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council.

Big smiles at the ribbon cutting for the award-winning Sultan Basin Road and US 2 realignment, July 2012.

Big smiles at the ribbon cutting for the award-winning Sultan Basin Road and US 2 realignment, July 2012.

Sultan Councilmember Sarah Davenport-Smith accepted the award at the IACC conference on October 23.

The Sultan Basin Road and US 2 realignment — 15 years in the making — fixed traffic safety concerns at an intersection along the heavily traveled US 2.

It added traffic control signals, lighting and left turn lanes onto US 2, along with curbs, gutters, sidewalks, bike lanes, and stormwater drainage and treatment.

Business retention and expansion was a major driver of this project.  The US 2 and Sultan Basin Road intersection is the gateway to Sultan’s Industrial Park.

The completed project is stimulating economic development for businesses paying living-wage jobs in the 78-acre industrial park.

Construction of the new intersection also helps protect and conserve rural critical areas by creating stormwater treatment for US 2, Sultan Basin Road and Cascade View Drive where none existed before.

PSRC provided $2.1 million in federal funding for the project, which had a total cost of $3.6 million.

The Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Washington communities identify and obtain resources they need to develop, improve, and maintain infrastructure.

In other good news, Sultan recently finished up another project: the Sultan Basin Road Overlay. In 2012, PSRC awarded this project $256,000, as part of a set-aside program focusing on preservation projects.

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International Investments Creating Local Food Hub

The City of Everett is taking advantage of a program that attracts foreign investment to create a local food hub.


Everett has raised $40 million through the EB-5 investment program to create the Snohomish County Food Hub.

The EB-5 investment program is a method of obtaining a green card for foreign nationals who invest money in the United States.

To obtain the visa, individuals invest at least $500,000 in a Targeted Employment Area.  The investment must create or preserve 10 or more local jobs for Americans in areas with high unemployment.

Path America is the local organization that is responsible for both managing the investment and ensuring the job creation. It is also U.S. Immigration Approved Regional Center.

In Everett, this program has raised $40 million to create the Snohomish County Food Hub. This food hub will anchor a development called Pagoda Village that also includes restaurants, 220 apartment units, and a hotel.

The facility will provide a year round, indoor farmers market, a shared commercial kitchen and processing facilities. It is expected to open in July 2014.


Funding Approved for Projects in Kent, Renton and Tukwila

About $2 million in PSRC funding for three projects was approved by the Executive Board on Thursday.

Illustration of complete street on Renton's Sunset Boulevard

The Executive Board approved $1.3 million for Renton’s NE Sunset Blvd (SR 900) Corridor Improvements — N Park Dr to Monroe Ave NE.

The funding recently became available through PSRC’s project tracking program, and these projects were next on the prioritized list to receive funds.

The funded projects are: Renton’s Sunset Boulevard Corridor Improvements, Tukwila’s Manufacturing Industrial Center “Smart Street” Nonmotorized Project, and Kent’s James Street Bicycle Corridor.

The Executive Board also approved a routine amendment to the Regional Transportation Improvement Program for three projects and authorized a consultant contract for the 2014 regional household travel activity survey.

You can read a quick summary of the meeting in Executive Board At Work.

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Rail~volution Free Sessions Draw a Crowd

Wow, around 400 people turned out for the free special sessions held yesterday afternoon on the last day of Rail~volution.  Planners, developers, advocates, and elected officials showed up in force to talk transit-oriented development, funding and equity.

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Ron Sims, Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, moderates a discussion of regional equity and transportation


Photo of Rep. Judy Clibborn and Sen. Curtis King and at Railvolution conference

Rep. Judy Clibborn and Sen. Curtis King discussing the future of transportation funding.


Photo of Break-out sessions at Railvolution conference

Break-out sessions!


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Executive Pat McCarthy, PSRC president, speaks to the crowd during the session, There’s No TOD Without the T: Making Funding Sustainable.



Food Day is October 24th — Celebrate with the Regional Food Policy Council!

Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food.

Food Day celebrates fresh, affordable, and sustainable produced food. Eat some!

Food Day celebrates fresh food. Eat some today!

Many local events across the Puget Sound region are taking place to celebrate food and farms, and raise awareness of hunger, agriculture, and health issues.

The Regional Food Policy Council is celebrating Food Day and its third anniversary! You can read about the recent work of the Regional Food Policy Council in its third year progress report.

This year, the Regional Food Policy Council has released a series of Policy Blueprints that provide guidance to local governments in addressing food policy in policy and programs, and begun outreach to elected officials and planners.

For more information on the Regional Food Policy Council, please contact Rebeccah Maskin at 206-464-5833 or or Liz Underwood-Bultmann at 206-464-6174 or