In central Puget Sound, PSRC is the planning agency tasked with reviewing and certifying local comprehensive plans to ensure they’re in sync with the region’s growth and transportation plans.
Over the past year, nearly all local plans were updated and reviewed, and now PSRC is taking a look at how well the process worked. The results will inform the next update to VISION 2040.
With guidance from a working group of county and city staff from throughout the region, PSRC is reaching out to local governments in all four central Puget Sound counties using an online survey, workshops, and targeted interviews.
At its meeting on October 6, the Growth Management Policy Board will be briefed on the project so far and discuss key questions:
- Policy areas where local plans have successfully advanced VISION 2040
- Local challenges in planning and plan implementation
- Feedback on PSRC’s local plan review and certification process
- Identification of issues to be further addressed in a VISION 2040 update
Also on the agenda:
- Conditional plan certifications for small cities: Six cities (Bonney Lake, Carnation, Covington, Gig Harbor, North Bend and Snoqualmie) received conditional certification of their comprehensive plans this year because the cities were planning substantially above adopted growth targets for housing and jobs. The Executive Board has asked the Growth Management Policy Board to review these conditional certifications and report back by the end of the year.
- Regional Economic Strategy Update: PSRC staff and Community Attributes, Inc. will brief the board on efforts to develop a new Regional Economic Strategy. A draft strategy will be released for public comment in January 2017.
The growth board will meet Thursday, October 6, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., at PSRC. You can find the full agenda here.