Three proposals to potentially recognize new regional growth and manufacturing/industrial centers will be taken up by the Growth Management Policy Board on Thursday, October 2.
PSRC’s policy framework for funding decisions puts priority on funding transportation projects in centers and the corridors that connect them.
University Place is requesting formal recognition of its downtown as a regional growth center.
“It is important that Pierce County remain competitive for these dollars to support projected growth,” said University Place Mayor Denise McCluskey. “University Place is the most logical location for the next Pierce County regional growth center, given existing development patterns and existing infrastructure.”
The board will also discuss potential actions related to designation of a new Arlington-Marysville regional manufacturing center.
The area encompasses about 2,900 acres with 5,500 jobs that are predominantly in industrial, aerospace and high technology engineering. It has zoned capacity for additional employment growth.
“This is a unique opportunity to further expand our state’s manufacturing opportunities,” said Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert and Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring, in their letter to PSRC. “This designation is particularly important to Snohomish County as suppliers for the Boeing 777X and 787 lines are seeking areas to establish and expand manufacturing facilities.”
The growth board will also consider whether military facilities should be regionally recognized as employment centers in the VISION 2040 and Transportation 2040 frameworks.
An initial proposal is that larger military facilities would be treated as equivalent to regional manufacturing/industrial centers, and smaller facilities would be treated as equivalent to countywide centers for the purposes of regional planning.
The Growth Management Policy Board will meet on October 2, 10 a.m. – 12 noon, in PSRC’s Board Room, 1011 Western Avenue. You can also watch the meeting video online.