VISION 2050 calls for the creation of central places with a mix of uses and activities connected by efficient transportation.
Centers are the hallmark of VISION 2050 and the Regional Growth Strategy. They guide regional growth allocations, advance local planning, inform transit service planning, and represent priority areas for PSRC's federal transportation funding.
The region has designated 29 regional growth centers. These are locations of the region’s most significant business, governmental, and cultural facilities and are planning for growth.
Ten regional manufacturing/industrial centers are also designated, which are locations for more intensive industrial activity. Both regional growth centers and regional manufacturing/industrial centers are focal points for planned growth, economic development and transportation infrastructure investments.
Download map of Regional Growth Centers and Manufacturing/Industrial Centers (PDF).
Regional Centers Framework Update
In March 2018, after extensive work with members, partners, and the public, the Executive Board adopted a revised framework (PDF). The revisions focused on how to support and recognize the region's diverse centers and result in more consistent criteria throughout the region. This ensures that centers are developing as thriving, equitable, and connected communities.
The Framework contains a work plan which PSRC is currently working with members, partners, and stakeholders to implement.
Designated Regional Centers
As part of the 2013 Centers Monitoring Report, center profiles were prepared and provide a snapshot of the full set of conditions and plans for each individual center at that time.
PSRC Procedures and Monitoring Report
PSRC is not currently accepting applications for new centers. The next application window will occur in 2024. For more information, contact Liz Underwood-Bultmann.
VISION 2050 and the Regional Centers Framework calls for jurisdictions to adopt subarea plans for regional centers. PSRC reviews and certifies these plans in accordance with the Plan Review Manual. Several resources exist to support counties and cities as they undertake centers planning.