Region growing at a brisk pace
The region continues to be a magnet for newcomers. New population numbers show the four-county region added 67,860 people in the past year, the third highest single-year increase in the past two decades, trailing only 2016 and 2017 when the region added more than 80,000 people each year. Find out more in our recent Data Trends presentation.
Bonney Lake will receive $1,079,825 for construction of a new segment of the Fennel Creek Trail. (Photo: Bruce Dees & Associates)
$533 million awarded to transportation projects
Fennel Creek Trail in Bonney Lake and improvements on National Avenue near Naval Base Kitsap are two of the 124 projects that were approved for funding by the Executive Board last week (see details in the agenda packet, item 7). Our next step is to develop a new four-year Regional Transportation Improvement Program, which includes these newly funded projects and other major investments that will be underway in 2019-2022. The new TIP will be released for public comment in September.

$38.8 million in federal transit funding coming to the region
The Executive Board also approved the annual adjustment of Federal Transit Administration funding, which boosted transit funding to the region by $38.8 million for 2018. See a list of the projects and funding amounts here .   

Regional Aviation Baseline Study moves forward
The Executive Board gave the go-ahead to the Regional Aviation Baseline Study. The board amended the budget to add anticipated grant revenues from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for aviation planning and to authorize the hiring of a consultant to assist staff in preparing the study. The Regional Aviation Baseline Study will build on master planning processes underway at many of the region's airports and will produce information needed to understand long-term aviation needs as the region grows. 

Plans for Eatonville and University Place advance to full certification

Congratulations to Eatonville and University Place on getting two important plans over the finish line. In July the Executive Board certified Eatonville's recent comprehensive plan update and University Place's subarea plan for its regional growth center. One of our responsibilities at PSRC is to review local plans for consistency with regional policies. Work at the local level is key to achieving our long-term vision as a region. Thank you to staff and elected leadership for your great work in getting these plans completed.

I welcome your feedback on our work at PSRC. You can reach me at .

Executive Director
Puget Sound Regional Council
August 2, 2018