July 6, 2017

Pierce County Comprehensive Plan Certification

The board recommended certification of the comprehensive plan update for Pierce County.  The plan was conditionally certified in April 2016 contingent on additional work to address strategies for growth in the unincorporated urban area and annexation or incorporation. The board found that the county has fulfilled conditions for full certification and the plan is consistent with regional plans and policies.  View the presentation.

For more information, please contact Paul Inghram at  pinghram@psrc.org or 206-464-7549.
Growth Trends in the Central Puget Sound Region

Board members heard a presentation on regional growth trends, including new 2017 population numbers from the Office of Financial Management. The region gained 82,000 people in the last year, reaching a total population of 4,067,000 as of April 1, 2017. This was the second year in a row that the region experienced population growth exceeding 80,000. Most new housing is being built in cities and urban areas.  Regionally, 96% of permitted housing units were in cities and urban areas in 2015, compared to 72% in 1991.  View the presentation.

For more information, contact Carol Naito at cnaito@psrc.org or 206-464-7535.

Regional Centers Framework Update Session

The growth board continued its review of the Centers Framework update, which is examining ways the region can support centers in attracting development and achieve the region's growth strategy. Board members discussed options for recognizing military installations in regional planning and alternatives for designating manufacturing/industrial centers. The session wrapped up with discussion of alternatives for regional growth centers.
The board gave direction to staff to begin developing a draft centers framework proposal for review in September. View the presentation.
For more information, please contact Liz Underwood-Bultmann at  lunderwood-bultmann@psrc.org or 206-464-6174.