VISION 2050 has been recognized as an exceptional regional plan by the Planning Association of Washington and the American Planning Association Washington Chapter.
Each year the two planning associations team up to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of planning in Washington state through the Joint APA/PAW awards program.
Darby Cowles, co-chair of the awards committee, presented the award at the Growth Management Policy Board meeting on January 6.
“The jury really agreed that this project [VISION 2050] is in a class of its own. They were very impressed with the strong focus on implementing actions and the fact that the plan breaks new ground on topics such as displacement risk, planning for racial equity, extensive community outreach including youth engagement, and extensive modeling on all the growth projections throughout the central Puget Sound region,” said Ms. Cowles.
The awards committee recognized the significant collaborative work from local governments and stakeholders throughout the region to develop the plan.
“We would like to congratulate the Puget Sound Regional Council and its many partners for their excellent work,” Ms. Cowles said.
The region’s cities, counties, Tribes and agencies adopted VISION 2050 in October 2020, setting a course for how the region grows through 2050 as central Puget Sound gains another 1.5 million people. The plan includes specific actions, a regional growth strategy that focuses growth near transit, and multicounty planning policies that guide local planning to advance this shared vision.