Regional Centers Framework approved
 
The Executive Board has approved an updated Regional Centers FrameworkAt the board meeting, there was robust debate on different aspects of the framework, proof that people are passionate on this topic. The new framework passed with 76 percent of the vote. 

What the new Centers Framework does: 
  • Encourages larger Regional Growth Centers to plan for more growth
  • Creates a new path for designating manufacturing industrial centers
  • Provides an approach to re-designate existing regional centers
  • Recognizes major military installations 
  • Increases planning and performance for all centers  
  • Establishes guidelines to designate countywide centers
Next steps include: 
  • Updating the designation procedures for new centers
  • Identifying issues for VISION 2050, including:
    • Recognition of major military installations
    • Implementation of center types
  • Working with countywide organizations on implementation of countywide centers
  • Completing other work plan steps, including: 
    • Additional research on displacement and community engagement strategies
    • Research of transportation funding sources for military base access

Improvements to I-5 and Kitsap fast ferries move ahead
 
Last week the Executive Board added six projects to the region's Transportation Improvement Program, including two important projects to help move traffic on I-5 through downtown Seattle:
  • Constructing an additional northbound lane between Seneca Street and the Olive Way off ramp
  • Installing metering on the Cherry Street to northbound I-5 ramp and the northbound I-5 collector distributor ramp, and extending the Active Traffic Management System on northbound I-5 from I-90 to SR 520
The board also approved preliminary engineering and construction phases for the Bremerton, Kingston and Southworth fast ferry routes and the Wheaton Way Transit Center in east Bremerton.  
 
The region's 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program includes 611 projects with a combined investment of over $37 billion in local, state and federal funds.   
How is the region's growth strategy working?
 
Recent data shows we're headed in the right direction. The trends vary across the region, but all counties are shifting development towards urban areas. We'll be diving into more data and tracking trends as we work on extending the growth strategy to 2050. Stay tuned as the growth board works on developing a final scope of work for VISION 2050 later this spring - informed by hundreds of comments received during our recent public comment period.
Seeking nominations for VISION 2040 Awards

Do you know of an exceptional project in your community? We're accepting nominations for the VISION 2040 Awards through May 29, 2018. Burien Councilmember Nancy Tosta will chair this year's Awards Selection Committee. You can find award nomination materials here.

I welcome your feedback on our work at PSRC. You can reach me at jbrown@psrc.org .


Executive Director
Puget Sound Regional Council
March 26, 2018